How to Retain the Most Valuable Human Resources

Simply paying more is not enough, instead specific needs of each worker should be addressed, such as flexible schedules, teleworking and services such as child care and fitness.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Participating in the Forum on Human Resources by Capital Financiero entitled "Keys to Success in Retaining Talent," were Juan Planells, former director of the National Institute of Vocational Training for Human Development (Inadeh); Alberto Saenz, director of PwC Consulting, and human resource manager of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Procter & Gamble and Dell, Jose Rivera, and David Cabrera Enrique Salgado, respectively, who addressed this issue.

In an article in, it was reported that "companies that intend to retain talent by applying only the traditional salary adjustments and benefits package, are highly likely to fail in the attempt. Such a strategy might have been effective in the twentieth century, but in the era of the knowledge economy and the Millennium generation, we must go much further. "

In Panama, some companies are already using flexible schedules tailored to the specific needs of each employee, telework systems for key positions, expanded insurance coverage, travel to reward productivity and even offer childcare, laundry and fitness services to their employees.

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