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NYATEP Spring 2008 Workforce New York Conference June 12, 2007 10:45 am – 12:00 pm Retention Intervention: Effective Strategies to Keep Job Seekers Connected.

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1 NYATEP Spring 2008 Workforce New York Conference June 12, :45 am – 12:00 pm Retention Intervention: Effective Strategies to Keep Job Seekers Connected to Your Program

2 Pair up with the person next to you (preferably someone you dont know) Discuss with your partner the following: Describe a negative situation at a previous job that made you want to or actually caused you to quit. Worst Job

3 Long-term self-sufficiency –The goal of workforce development is to help people move into self-sufficiency so they can survive without public benefits Funding demands –Public and private funders increasingly tie funding to outcomes, especially longer-term results Program efficiency –Less drop-off = less recruitment / processing required to meet numbers. Invest in your existing customer base Motivating and inspiring staff –If all we do is help people achieve dead-end jobs they probably could have gotten on their own, our work will quickly come to seem pointless Why Focus on Retention?

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6 Retention Approaches

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8 How does Umpqua bank keep its customers? –Creates a sense of community through attractive services not necessarily related to core mission –Provides comfortable physical spaces –Enticing names, such as store or community hub rather than branch –Excellent customer service Retention Lessons from the Business World

9 For many job seekers, the primary barrier to employment lies in negative self- perceptions and poverty of imagination. To keep people involved, create a sense of the possible: –Visible displays of success such as posters, a wall of fame, career ladder models –Use success stories from former job seekers to keep people motivated Inspire Hopes & Dreams

10 Apart from external demands (such as childcare), emotional connection is key. Do participants feel your program provides: 1. Honest and frequent two-way communication? 2. Challenging, exciting work? 3. Frequent recognition and reward for performance? 4. Some degree of control over work? If you dont know, ask! Use a formal Job Seeker Success Survey such as the one in your handouts Build Personal Connections

11 Allow participants to shape and direct as much of the program as possible Set & maintain high expectations that match how job seekers will be expected to act on the job Remove barriers as much as possible Build retention into every aspect of the program Empower Job Seekers

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13 In the words of Dr. Bob Nelson, the Guru of Thank You, feedback should be provided ASAP 3 (ASAP Cubed) –As Soon -- As Specific –As Sincere -- As Personal Certificates, handwritten notes, public acknowledgement and applause are often more effective than cash Recognize, Recognize, Recognize

14 Staying Connected Once they are out the door…

15 Dont rely on just one approach: phone, flyers, , etc. Establish phone trees to spread communication and leverage the power of peer relationships Use social networking sites like MySpace and Linked In to stay connected, especially when working with young people Maintain lines of communication

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17 Empower into participation –Agenda shapers –Co-facilitators –Recruiters –Guest speakers Make alumni meetings events, with raffles, door prizes, other goodies A club card creates an attendance goal Create Excitement

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19 Overcoming Resistance

20 With a partner, chose and discuss one of the statements below you might hear from a job seeker about to quit 1.This program sounds like the last place I was at, and they didnt do anything for me. 2. No one calls me for interviews and every time I go to fill out an application, the job is already filled. I might as well give up. 3.Youre not really interested in me, you just want my paystub so you can get paid. I found the job on my own, so I dont owe you anything! 4.I have to watch my children after work, so I cant make it to alumni groups. Retention Responses

21 Use the attached tool for your organization to look at: –Inspire Hopes & Dreams –Build Personal Connections –Empower Participants –Recognize Success Good Luck!!!!!!! Analysis & Action Plan

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23 Amy Landesman Director of Training Dan Salemson Training & Projects Manager Workforce Professionals Training Institute 11 Park Place, Suite 701 New York, NY


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