Employee Retention: Keeping the Best at UNH

Employee Retention: Keeping the Best

This course has been approved for SHRM PDCs

How do you build a workplace that attracts top talent and retains existing employees?

The race to attract, develop, and retain employees is a top priority for many organizations right now. Losing your best people impacts productivity, engagement and morale.

In this interactive workshop we will discuss strategies for employee retention and how to impact the employee experience.  Topics will include:

  • Reflections on employee retention
  • The connection between the employee engagement & retention
  • Strategies for employee retention
  • How to gain leadership support

Steps to improve retention are covered, including attracting talent, onboarding and training, communication, feedback, recognition, coaching, and company culture. This will be an interactive session with discussion o key topics, opportunities to collaborate/share experiences and time for reflection and action planning.  You will leave with specific ideas for implementing retention strategies in your organizations.

What You Will Learn


Employee Retention: Keeping the Best

The Leader’s Role

  • How do you build a workplace that quality employees want to remain with and quality outsiders want to be hired into?

Recognizing Employees’ Needs

  • Understanding each employee’s needs is critical. Each person has a unique personality, experiences, fears, strengths and motivational needs.

Tying Needs to Organizational Mission/Values

  • Employee retention is strengthened by an awareness of how he/she fits into the organization’s mission and values. Having a clear linkage from the top to each department and individual vertically throughout the entire organization supports this connection.

Why Employees Stay

How Do You Keep Employees?

Why Employees Leave

Tips for Detecting Potential Defectors

  • Are some of your employees thinking about leaving? Be aware of early stages of dissatisfaction.

Top Complaints From Employees About Their Leaders

Retention Strategies

Developing a Retention Strategy

Instructor Bios


Employee Retention: Keeping the Best

  • Debbie Zimmermann

    Debbie Zimmermann's career in Human Resources began over 20 years ago and includes 11+ years as a Global HR Leader. Debbie has experience working for start-ups and global technology companies on the east and west coast. She has been fortunate to work in diverse industries such as Software, Biotechnology, Healthcare and Insurance Services. Debbie is currently employed with a Software Company. In addition, she partners with HR-ROI, LLC as a Senior HR Consultant and Wellness Coach. She has been an instructor for the HR Certification Program at UNH for the past 3 years. Debbie graduated from the University of NH with a B.S. in Business Administration and minor in Psychology. She also completed her Masters Certificate in the Human Resource field from Southern NH University. She is a trained facilitator in a number of leadership programs and team building assessments. In addition, she is a Nationally certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. Debbie is the former Diversity Director for the Seacoast Human Resources Associate (SHRA), and a member of the local Chamber of Commerce Associations in Portsmouth and Dover NH. She also served as President and Vice President for the Marin Human Resource Association in San Francisco. In her spare time Debbie teaches fitness classes and enjoys hiking, gardening and remodeling homes.  
  • Irene Dickinson

    Irene Dickinson

    I am a human resources consultant specializing in human relations training and career coaching for small business owners and individuals.  “It is always about people,” is a favorite phrase of mine. I work closely with individuals to identify core values, goals, and develop strategies for growth and success.  The common ground for all organizations, whether private, public, for profit, or not for profit, is its workforce, its people. Human Resources professionals are the link for recruiting, hiring, training, and sustaining an organization’s workforce with strategic planning and technology. 

    My HR consulting practice is a blend of more than twenty years of experience in human resources management for small and mid-sized companies. I work as an executive coach with individuals and business owners to bring about purposeful change that is internal and permanent. My experience includes creating HR initiatives, developing teams, and designing training for middle and executive level managers regarding human resources issues and communications.   

    I’ve been an online adjunct faculty for regional colleges and universities since 2005, creating graduate and under graduate courses in Human Resources, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Entrepreneurship, and Relationship Management. 

    I earned an M.S. degree in Organization and Management from Antioch University New England with special interests in systems thinking and group dynamics. My B.A. in English has served me throughout my career as a communicator, instructor, and writer. I am very much looking forward to working with you. 

09:00am - 03:30pm
Portsmouth - 230 Commerce Way
Debbie Zimmermann
279.00 Tuition
USNH Tuition Benefit Discount
PDT - 10% Alumni Discount
Cooperative Extension Discount
Guild Discount
Military Discount
CBA Student Discount
CBA Business Discount
REEO Discount