In the competitive construction arena, keeping good employees can be difficult. If you're looking for new ideas and strategies to help you retain staff, consider the Employee Retention Specialist Certificate Program (ERSCP). The program is offered by The Herman Group, a Greensboro, N.C.-based management consulting firm that focuses on work-force and workplace issues.

Attendees of the two-day course will learn how to: respond proactively to the top reasons employees leave; prevent and reduce turnover; maximize the contribution of top talent; improve the retention skills of leaders, supervisors, and other employees; facilitate performance reviews, including how to handle compensation and reward-strategies issues; and create a flexible workplace.

The course also covers becoming an employer that candidates seek out, and developing and marketing a value proposition to educate employees about the benefits they receive outside of salary for the work they do.

The $2,000 cost per participant includes all instruction, materials, lunches, and breaks, plus a learning library of books, and follow-up support including quarterly teleconferences.

The course is held throughout the U.S. If requested, The Herman Group will also schedule courses in specific cities. To register online, visit To schedule a seminar in your area, contact Joyce Gioia at or 800.227.3566, ext. 24.