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Companies must retain skilled staff — expert

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A South African human resources expert has called on Zimbabwe to introduce staff retention policies to retain the country’s highly skilled and talented labour force and cut down on the brain drain hitting the labour market.

The labour expert, Mark Bussin, told delegates at a human resources seminar in Bulawayo on Wednesday successful companies always invested much of their time crafting policies that promote staff retention.

The seminar was jointly organised by the Zimbabwe Institute of Management in partnership with the Association for Business in Zimbabwe and Brett Chulu Strategist Consultancy and was attended by 40 participants from government, labour and business.

“The retention of staff is the number one strategy to stir any company to success,” he said.

“People join companies and later leave their bosses. Good companies put measures which ensure that their staff is retained and among those measures is fair remuneration.”

Bussin said companies must have employee-engagement strategies, which include proper management, total rewards, company practices, other good opportunities and quality life at the company.

He said companies must set rewards standards for the workers.

“For a company to succeed, it has to attract, motivate and retain staff,” he said.

Bussin said the companies must think globally and act locally to ensure they have business linkages with the international world.

“I listened to the Zimbabwe Minister of Finance Tendai Biti’s Mid-Term Policy statement and understood there is a lot of effort needed for change,” he said.

“There is still a challenge to unlock the economy of Zimbabwe and we need to be ready and brave to bring that change to the economy.”

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