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Career Compass No. 80: To Retain Your Talent, Use Stay Interviews

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The churn in my department and throughout the county organization is killing us.  How do we retain our talent?

Mar 24, 2020 | ARTICLE

I am an administrative services director in a mid-sized urban county.  We have already experienced a “retirement wave” and have been hiring a good number of younger, talented professionals.  Generally, these employees are hungry to learn and grow, want to be challenged, and are eager to advance and make a bigger contribution.

The big problem is that we cannot keep the talented employees.  If they don’t move up quickly enough, they get antsy and jump to another organization.   There are only so many promotional opportunities in our organization, and we are constrained in offering more compensation.

The churn in my department and throughout the county organization is killing us.  How do we retain our talent?

To see Dr. Frank Benest’s reply and suggestions to help retain your talent, click here.

Sponsored by the ICMA Coaching Program, Career Compass is a monthly column from ICMA focused on career issues for local government professional staff. 

Dr. Frank Benest is ICMA’s liaison for Next Generation Initiatives and resides in Palo Alto, California. If you have a career question you would like addressed in a future Career Compass, e-mail careers@icma.org or contact Frank directly at frank@frankbenest.com. Read past columns at icma.org/careercompass.

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