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8 Qualities Employers Desire Most In Workers

How To Receive Retention Rewards For Top Performance

MEDIA CONTACT:
Thomas H. Bodin
Managing Partner
OI Partners-Organizational Innovations, Inc.
Fifty Eight Twenty One - East
Sunset Ridge Business Park
5821 Cedar Lake Road South
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(952) 525-1475 ext. 400
tbodin@oipartners.net

Minneapolis – How can employees make sure they receive some of the retention perks and benefits many companies are beginning to award again to talented workers?

2 out of 3 employers (68%) have implemented programs in the past year to retain some of their most talented workers as turnover has increased at 30% of them, according to a survey by
OI Partners - Organizational Innovations, Inc., a global coaching and leadership development and consulting firm.

Companies are rewarding their most valued workers with raises in salaries and benefits, tuition reimbursement, and providing coaching and cash bonuses, depending on the level of the employee. For more information on retention survey, see http://bit.ly/IO3qMU

However, employers are awarding these benefits very selectively and are not even giving them to all top performers. “Workers need to demonstrate to their bosses that they are making critical contributions, have the qualities the company desires most, and that they have earned retention rewards,” said Tom Bodin, Managing Partner of OI Partners-Organizational Innovations.

Following are eight qualities employers value most in workers, according to the survey. “The degree to which workers exemplify these characteristics will strengthen their case for receiving retention perks,” Bodin added.

1. Being a team player (selected by 71% of surveyed companies): “Being part of a team has taken on a higher priority since many companies are still operating with leaner work forces and there is a greater need to accomplish goals through others," said Bodin.

2. Fully focused on satisfying customers (chosen by 68% of employers): “Employees should share complimentary letters and emails they receive with their bosses. Don’t assume that he or she already knows about your excellent customer service, but do it in a discreet way,” Bodin added.

3. Motivate and engage others in their jobs (chosen by 65% of companies): "In a challenging economy, employers appreciate when their employees reach out and keep each other motivated and involved in their work,” noted Bodin.

4. Success in achieving your “critical few objectives” (picked by 62% of companies): “These are the top one or two reasons why you were hired in the first place. Accomplishing these will count more than any other contributions you have made,” said Bodin.

5. Work smart (preferred by 60% of companies): This includes being up to date on the latest technology, keeping your skills and professional knowledge current, and continually searching for improvements in productivity, efficiency, and profitability.

6. Work hard (selected by 57% of employers): “Although companies for years have preferred working smart to working hard, they still want to see that you are dedicated to your job, put in an extra effort and volunteer to fill any gaps when necessary,” said Bodin.

7. Add value to the organization (chosen by 52% of employers.): Retention rewards are a recognition of your value. Track and document the specific ways you have added value to your employer.

8. Contribute to improving the bottom line (selected by 48% of businesses): There are various ways to do this, including helping to increase sales, cut costs, decrease turnover, and make useful suggestions and recommendations.

Workers seeking retention rewards should first determine how your company measures performance and discover which benchmarks and qualities count the most.

"Next, objectively assess whether you should be considered a top performer, if you have not already been so designated. If you feel you are already one, have a conversation with your boss and bolster your case with examples and quantifiable achievements. If you are not, discuss a developmental plan for you to pursue to become a star performer in the future,” Bodin added.

About OI Partners

OI Partners is a leading global coaching and leadership development and consulting firm that helps individuals find new careers and employers to improve the performance of their employees and organizations.

OI Partners specializes in career transition programs, executive coaching, leadership development, and other staffing solutions. The company was established in 1987 and is now located in 200 offices in 27 countries with close to 100 U.S. offices.

Please visit www.oipartners.net or call 800-232-5285.

About Organizational Innovations, Inc.

Founded in 1981, OI Partners - Organizational Innovations, Inc. is the Midwest regional OI Partners office and one of its original founding companies. Through its employees and alliances, Organizational Innovations delivers human resource, organizational, workforce, and individual development consulting coaching, training and recruitment services in four key talent management practice areas: Acquisition, Development, Alignment and Transition. Please visit www.organizational-innovations.com or call 952-525-1475.

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