Over the last 25 days, we have explored crisis leadership at great lengths. From pre-crisis school culture to the emotional aftermath a crisis leaves in its wake, we have dissected what it feels like to lead with love when struck by fire. What many leaders fail to consider in the chaos of a crisis, however, is how to retain their most valuable asset - their employees. As always, we know that the best strategies a leader can employ to effectively navigate a crisis are those strategies that are already in existence prior to the crisis itself. Here we will explore three employee retention strategies that can serve leaders well both pre and post crisis.
Three Strategies for Employee Retention
Employee retention must be strategic and thoughtful as a short-term crisis plays out a little longer than the leader may have previously planned. By creating a sense of safety, communicating transparently and openly, and nurturing the culture of the school, employees can still feel a sense of satisfaction and even enthusiasm for their continued work despite the uncertainty of what lies ahead.
Linger a Little Longer:
1. How have you considered, or not considered, employee retention during a crisis? Why have or haven't you up to this point in time?
2. Of the three strategies above, which do you believe you can execute most naturally? Which will take more work?
3. What is the cost of not considering employee retention in the time of crisis? Explain.