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Professional Development – Artificial Employment Restraints

Artificial Employment RestraintFear and uncertainty… These two elements drive an individual to remain in a less than satisfying, sometimes degrading, and typically resented employment situation. While here in the United States no one can be truly forced to work, many face artificial employment restraints holding them to a position or a company.
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Talent Management Best Practice 4 – Know Your Artificial Employment Retainers

golden handcuffsEvery manager should seek to know the stay/leave propensity of his or her subordinates and certainly that of top performers. While true knowledge of others’ intentions is unknowable and unpredictable opportunities arise, there are artificial retention mechanisms and observable signs that together suggest an individual’s inclination. Recognizing these signs and factoring them into an assessment of employee loss risk is important to a manager’s ability to retain top talent.


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Nathan Ives, StrategyDriven Principal is a StrategyDriven Principal and Host of the StrategyDriven Podcast. For over twenty years, he has served as trusted advisor to executives and managers at dozens of Fortune 500 and smaller companies in the areas of management effectiveness, organizational development, and process improvement. To read Nathan’s complete biography, click here.

Organizational Accountability Warning Flag 3 – Artificial Retainer Driven Complacency

StrategyDriven Organizational Accountability Warning Flag Article“The wheel that does the squeaking is the one that gets the grease.”

Josh Billings (1818 – 1885)
American humorist

It’s a natural human tendency to seek the path of least resistance. For executives, managers, and supervisors, this practice translates into assigning the difficult and emergent work activities to top performers, diverting work away from under-performers, and avoiding employee confrontations. The latter action erodes accountability. Leaders who do not address the shortcomings of under-performers including the provision of overly positive (even if neutral) feedback and unearned rewards (relative to top performers) loudly proclaim the merits of non-performance. Continued high performance and retention of top talent reinforces these errant practices until one day the lack of accountability drives the company’s best employees to a competitor’s business.


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Additional information regarding artificial employment restraints and how individuals can overcome them is contained within the StrategyDriven Professional Development article, Artificial Employment Restraints.