In this episode of Raising The Bar Podcast, Allison talks with Willard Walker.

Employee Retention is a hot topic lately. Today, we are talking with Will Walker, the second generation CEO at Walker Forge in Milwaukee WI who has cracked the code of employee retention. As he is quick to point out, every business is unique, but when 35% of your workforce is a member of the “Twenty Year Club,” something has gone well. Will shares all their practices for employee retention.

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Conversation Highlights:

[00:51] How to find people to work for you?

[02:00] Why is it important to get the right people on the right seats?

[03:48] How is the opinion survey important?

●    Do you measure your turnover?

●    Why is it necessary to make your employees feel special?

[10:00] What are the three important things you should give to your employees?

● Make them feel Valued

● Make them feel Empowered

● Make them feel they are a part of the Team

[11:32] How do Will manage to empower people?

●    What is Will’s ‘Ideas Program‘ and how is it so effective?

[15:33] What are the celebrations at Walker forge?

[22:18] How does Will manage a flexible work schedule with the process?

[25:57] How is Human capital management important?

[27:11] Human capital management is the key determinant of success and failure!

[28:01] Will’s family secret for a thriving business!

Memorable Quotes:

“The future is already here, just unevenly distributed.”

“Don’t be afraid to talk to people.”

“If you judge somebody fairly, you can improve their life.”

“How do we make something better? One change at a time.”

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