KILKENNY -- Hiring good people is tough but retaining them can be even tougher. I was talking to friends who will lose a star performer next year because his contract forbids him from personal development. He is happy with his job but achieves through self-growth. The management in his job imposes a self-defeating set of work practises that ensure the highest peformers cannot set foot in industry during the course of their contractual employment. For star performers, the contracts mean they cannot pursue deeply embedded life interests while fulfilling teaching duties. The constraints are the remnants of work practises scrapped by lords of the manor three generations ago. That they exist in 21st century Ireland is a damning indictment of managerial judgment.
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