A Simple Exercise to Increase Retention and Camaraderie

A Simple Exercise to Increase Retention and Camaraderie

All of my culture work and guidance falls under three pillars: having your team feel that they are known, they matter and they are included.

The exercise I’m going to share with you supports the second two pillars.  It deepens mutual respect by clarifying what it means and what it looks like to support co-workers in feeling a sense of belonging.

This simple exercise comes from an educator and student training company called On Course Workshop that helps colleges improve student success and retention. It’s called “Mattering vs. Marginalizing” based on the work of Nancy K. Schlossberg. This exercise, applied to your workplace, supports the same outcomes: employee success and employee retention.

Here’s a shortened description of the exercise adopted for the workplace.


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About the Author:

Kris Boesch is the CEO and Founder of Choose People, a company that transforms company cultures, increases employee happiness and boosts the bottom-line. The Choose People 360° Culture Audit is based on over 1000 hours of research Boesch conducted with the Industrial Organizational Psychology Department at Colorado State University. She is also the author of Culture Works: How to Create Happiness in the Workplace. Prior to Choose People, Boesch was the CEO of Exodus Moving & Storage. Under her leadership Exodus became the largest mover in Northern Colorado with a turnover rate nearly 40% less than the industry average and a bottom line twice that same average. Kris is also a proud mother, dancing diva and dog lover.
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