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How NASA is stopping its brain drain

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Late in the 1990s, NASA made a sobering discovery: Due to the departure of key scientists, nobody on staff knew how to put a man on the moon.

That’s why the space agency developed these seven critical questions to help stem the loss of critical knowledge:
  1. “What percentage of employees is eligible for retirement in the next two to five years?”

  2. “What skills will they take with them when they go?”

  3. “Do we have training and development programs in place to make sure those critical skills remain in the organization?”

  4. “Are our current recruitment practices effective enough to compete with other organizations for talent?”

  5. “Are our reward, recognition and compensation programs competitive?”

  6. “Do we provide flexible work options—such as flextime, job sharing, telecommuting and part-time work—to meet the needs of a wider population of employees?”

  7. “Does our workplace environment show employees that they are valued and respected, so older employees want to stay and younger candidates want to work here?”
— Adapted from “Conserving government’s most valuable resource,” Simon England and R. Yvonne Herrera, Accenture Alert.

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