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Conquering The Great Resignation

April 12, 2022, Evans Kerrigan

The CEO and co-founder of Integris Performance Advisors shares highlights of recent research on The Great Resignation, and how you can impact your staff to want to stay.

The Great Resignation. We have all read about it in the news, and too many of us have felt it in action in our own organizations. People leave, people we needed and counted on to do important work. Retention is a big issue in animal welfare and it doesn’t look like we can wait it out. The reasons people give us when they leave are varied—new opportunities, stress, challenges through the pandemic, frustration, etc. The list can seem endless at times and overwhelming, making us feel powerless to stop it.

This short ebook walks you through research from McKinsey and others about what is happening with the Great Resignation and, more importantly, what we can do about it to retain our talent. Download your free ebook here

“Managers are a key driver of the employee experience, with 96% of individual contributors surveyed agreeing that their manager has an impact on their well being at work, and 42% stating they have left a job in the past because of their manager.”

from “How to Stop the Great Resignation” ebook

The added stress of the last few years has made it even more critical that we as leaders continue to grow and develop our ability to meet the needs of those we serve. An interesting finding from McKinsey’s research: 

  • Employers viewed whether the employee felt “valued by the manager” as the tenth most important factor in an employee’s decision to leave or stay. 
  • Employees rated this same characteristic as second most critical in determining if they would stay. 

As leaders, we have a significant impact on the well-being of our staff and their decision to stay. Ongoing development plays a significant role in building our ability to take on the challenges we face. We need the technical skills to do our jobs, but just as important are the essential relational skills to support our people. At the end of the day, it is our connections to people that matter.

Supportive, positive relationships with our staff have an outsized impact on their decision to contribute with us into the future. We build positive working relationships through understanding ourselves and the people we work with. The ebook contains some clues to understanding yourself as a leader and how you can support your people.

Search out opportunities to gain skills to grow as a leader for your organization. The Certificate in Organizational Leadership through The Association is a wonderful way to begin your development journey. Great leaders are the key to great organizations, and great leaders continue to grow their skills. Become the leader you would want to follow.

Learn More

High-impact, self-paced program: Certificate in Organizational Leadership
eBook: “How to Stop the Great Resignation”

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About Evans Kerrigan
Evans is CEO and co-founder of Integris Performance Advisors. Evans has over 20 years of experience developing leaders and running operational excellence programs. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Golden Gate University. He is a Certified Master for The Leadership Challenge, a Certified Facilitator for Everything DiSC Workplace, an accredited facilitator of the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, and a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

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