Hey there, really appreciate all the feedback. I’ll be live on PBS on Thursday, August 24th at 8pm talking about how to encourage hiring and growth in our local business community.

The question I asked you last week was:

What do you believe is the most important factor in keeping talented employees here in Hawaii? (instead of taking mainland jobs)

Believe it or not, I got HUNDREDS of replies. In fact, they’re still coming in. Here are a few of the top responses (in no particular order):

▪ A combination of high salaries/benefits packages and seeing the friendly, welcoming culture
▪ Overcoming discriminatory hiring practices (eg. “you will not fit in here”) – heard that more than once
▪ Good management. According to Forbes, “People leave managers, not companies”
▪ Affordable housing + 3 or more hours a day on the road = awful quality of life
▪ Combination of an educated workforce, cost of living and low wages = talented people move out of state
▪ Culture and opportunity to climb the ranks

And this one came from an excellent manager I’ve known for some years. He has great advice.

“Money and benefits are two of the most important things. The next is recognition of a job well done. A simple pat on the back goes a long way and taking the time to go over a job on the site shows you care.

Having incentives from employee of the month to a simple pizza makes them feel appreciated and special. Meeting with the entire staff helps air out problems and telling them they can meet with you one on one if they don’t like talking in front of others.

Minimize the role of Managers or Bosses to eliminate guessing who is in charge and who they should be listening to. I try to instill team work and make it okay to ask for help but not to completely rely on a fellow worker. This builds a good working relationship, confidence and sense of daily accomplishment.

Try to put yourself in their shoes. Thorough yearly evaluations with potential raises and explanations for why or why not they are earning as much as they are. Give expectations of what you need to see improvements on and offer another eval in three months so they don’t think they lost all hope of a raise this year. And of course, always ask for their feedback. Managers are not perfect and can always improve.”

Here’s a link to details about the show.

See you then and always a pleasure to be of service.