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The Power of Stay Interviews for Engagement and Retention, Second Edition

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An Updated Classic for Reducing Turnover and Improving Engagement

For decades organizations have struggled to better engage and retain their best employees. Retention expert Richard Finnegan proposes a proven and proactive approach – the Stay Interview: an easy-to-use tool to uncover, anticipate, and resolve issues and concerns before your best employees leave.

Stay Interviews do three things that employee surveys do not: they deliver information that can be used today; they give practical insights for engaging and retaining top performers; and they provide managers with a reliable process for developing individual stay plans.

One of SHRM's all-time bestselling book The Power of Stay Interviews is now revised and updated to reflect Generations at work, including Millennials and Older Workers, brand-new Stay Interview questions, and introduces “Finnegan’s Arrow” – a potent business-driven strategy for Stay Interviews.


"Blows the lid off something we all secretly think -- that exit surveys and annual employee surveys do not impact engagement and retention as we'd hoped – but more importantly, provides smart solutions for moving forward." – Paul R. Uhler, Vice President, Global Human Resources & Corporate Communications, Mine Safety Appliances Company

"Finnegan moves the lever for engagement and retention to first-line managers where it belongs and gives them a solid tool for continuous improvement." – Sarah King, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Darden Restaurants

“Finnegan provides a practical and easy-to-apply strategy for engaging your employees. The addition of ‘Finnegan's Arrow’ alone makes this edition a must-have book.” – Matt McKay, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, LKQ Corporation

“Retaining top employees is a constant challenge. Stay Interviews is the answer!” – Willis Tisdale, SHRM-CP, CHR, PHR, Director of Human Resources, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Greenville

“We trust Finnegan’s approach to Stay Interviews because his principles are sound, and -- with top-down commitment and execution – it really works.” – Ron Pitrelli, Vice President Human Resources, Great Dane 

"A fantastic read from start to finish, The Power of Stay Interviews provides an indispensable guide to becoming an ‘employer of choice’." – Jim Rathke, Executive Vice President of Operations, American Food Group

About the Author

Dick Finnegan, CEO of C-Suite Analytics and the Finnegan Institute, is widely recognized as the leading thinker on Stay Interviews and has worked with scores of companies around the world to improve their engagement and retention. A high-demand keynote speaker for executive meetings and conferences, Finnegan’s other books include HR’s Greatest Challenge (SHRM), Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad, The Stay Interview,and Raise Your Team’s Employee Engagement Score (AMACOM).

Additional Info


NameThe Power of Stay Interviews for Engagement and Retention, Second Edition
AuthorRichard P. Finnegan
Published Year2018
Page Count128