It’s true most companies no longer have their feet to the fire in the recruiting department. Perhaps there have been some layoffs and your additions to headcount could very well be down for next year. Now, keeping that in mind, how much of your human resources person’s time is spent on creating a retention program for the cream of the crop you currently have on staff? The difference is like treading water and bearing down to take those extra breaststrokes to stay in the race. If you are slacking in the retention department, you and your team will feel the effects. Let’s switch gears and get out of the “crisis management” mode.