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Lessons from the 2011 SHRM conference

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Each summer, the annual Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference brings together the largest gathering of HR professionals under one roof. Here are a few bits of wisdom picked up at this year’s event in Las Vegas:

Eliminate ‘jerk bosses’ and 4 more retention tactics

“When you’re talking about high turnover, you’re talking about departments that have jerk bosses that employees don’t trust,” said Richard Finnegan, author of Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad. “Trust is about be­haviors, not character.”

Finnegan’s top retention tactics: (1) create monthly turnover reports that include supervisors’ names; (2) put retention goals in managers’ performance reviews; (3) create realistic job previews so candidates can “see, hear, smell and taste” what the job will be like; and (4) implement flexible schedules, which studies show help increase retention. 

Branson: Don’t put employees in job boxes

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