Retain vs Nurture

Do you think it is time for organisations to start understanding the difference between talent management strategies based on retention of staff and replace this focus on how they nurture people?

Check the dictionary and you will find the definition of retain is “Keep possession of” or “To hold back” . Reality is no one wants to work for an organisation that is going to hold them back or believes the organisation wants to “possess” them.

My suggestion – replace the word retain or retention from your HR / Talent management vocabulary with “Nurture” change your strategy to one of nurturing staff, think about what that may mean. Get your HR team, Talent management team, managers and staff to start thinking nurture, what does that do to your talent management strategy?

Become an organisation known for developing, taking care of, growing staff and reap the rewards.

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