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Are you shocked when employees quit?

Managers who don't have a strong sense of their team members' performance and engagement levels are often caught off-guard when talented workers issue their two weeks' notice.

Managers who don't have a strong sense of their team members' performance and engagement levels are often caught off-guard when workers issue their two weeks' notice. In addition to motivating employees to meet goals and invest their energy in projects, reward and recognition programs can prove valuable for retaining workers and keeping an eye on employee sentiment.

As Democrat and Chronicle recommended, leaders should make an effort to check in with employees and monitor their engagement before they decide to walk out the door. Reward program technology can assist with these efforts by helping leaders identify trends in performance and commence conversations with team members about goals and productivity. The source suggested holding "stay interviews" periodically to maintain healthy lines of communication. Rather than waiting for an exit interview to acquire these insights – when it's already too late – this strategy helps managers to retain workers and hone their strategies.

The source advised centering these conversations on employees' goals, accomplishments, disappointments, talents and working preferences. That way, leaders can identify factors that energize team members, helping them to make the best use of their talented workforce.

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