Best of 2000: How to keep employees after you've trained them

The most read CIO article in 2000 helped TechRepublic members retain employees and recoup training costs—without a contract.

In a year that saw record-low unemployment rates and a job market that couldn’t recruit IT talent fast enough, it’s not surprising that the top CIO article of the year should be about employee retention.

In “How to keep employees after you’ve trained them,” the most read CIO article of 2000, TechRepublic asked IT employee relations specialists how companies should deal with the problem of training employees, only to lose them to competitors.
With number one leading today, here are the rest of our top five:
Some companies have attempted to solve this problem by requiring employees to sign agreements stating they will “work off” the training or repay its costs. (See “Indentured ITs: Should your employees sign training contracts?”)

But the analysts we spoke with called this practice ineffective, at best. In fact, they cautioned, such agreements could hinder your ability to recruit workers.

What’s an employer to do? Start by joining the more than 63,000 TechRepublic members who benefited from “How to keep employees after you’ve trained them.”
All this week, we’ve been running the top articles for 2000. But what topics do you want to see in 2001? Would you like more advice on the legal implications of IT policies? Or would you prefer more moderated discussions by analysts and other IT professionals? TechRepublic is a community of IT professionals, so our article and discussion ideas often come from TechRepublic members. Tell us what you’d like to see on TechRepublic in 2001 by e-mailing us or posting your comments below.

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