How to Find (And Keep) Good Help These Days

BOTH Officers and Underworld Contacts can be notoriously hard to hire and retain in these days of a competitive and dangerous job market. Employers can be very hard on these valuable skilled workers. With Pirate Captains and Spy Networks alike trying to cut costs, retention has become one of the great concerns of every supervisor. Partially, this is a product of the difficult commonplace hiring process, which requires a covert operation or a search through space debris just to get to the interview stage. But it is also a result of the practices many use to retain these important subordinates.

A common, if ineffective, restraint device

Instead of forcing your workers to stay through the use of drugs, restraints, duct tape, glue, and other forcible methods, it is more advisable to follow several tips to keep them happy.

1. Engage people in the work process.
Good employees want to feel like they are making a difference. You can create an environment where your employees can be part of the process, not just a cog in the process wheel. Discuss your goals with your fleet or faction and its different departments and get your employees involved in designing the systems and the improvement process. Create a feedback or suggestion system that actually considers ideas for creative spying or ambushes. You don’t have to implement every idea that an employee has, but if you give ideas careful consideration and involve the employee in the feedback and discussion loop, they’ll be thrilled.

2. Get the right people in the job and get out of their way.

You’ve spent a bunch of points hiring just the right manager for the new war you just declared. You even pay a signing bonus and moving expenses to get the new guy to town and settled in. You have complete faith in their ability to properly manage the new situation. So get out of their way and let them do their job. Don’t look over their shoulder and second guess every decision. Don’t micromanage or torture a good employee into submission. If you didn’t think they could do the job, why did you hire them in the first place? Constant dismissal while you look for the person you wanted instead is disspiritng!

3. Communicate your plan.

Nothing is worse for an employee than to be completely in the dark about your goals and objectives and evil plans for getting somewhere. They don’t have to know every detail, but do inform them about your latest strategic planning and how it will affect the direction of the whole enterprise. Employees know when you’re working on plans and they just want to know what’s going on.

Don't make this happen

If you engage your new employees you can avoid having to wall them into their workspaces and keeping them oppressed with threats and violence. Heck, you may even get a card for boss’s day!

A Leap in Memory Science!

Huge Leap Forward in Artificial Memory Science!

Cognitive Research Group, Building 8 – July 6

“MEMORY is a tricky thing,” says artificial intelligence entity Admin256, the chief administrator of SnakeHead Cognitive Research Group (SCRG), “but we think we’ve got the cure.”

The Admin256 unit and its team has been working carefully for some time now on an innovative new neural interface product that the SCRG calls the Ascension Device. “The hope of Ascension is that it can help you smooth away all those unpleasant memories that regenabots cannot heal.” Humans, demihumans, cyborgs and other organic sapients in our modern times often complain about the psychological ravages of the experiences that they have had. Ascension, the unit claims, is the cure for the various maladies and psychoses these experiences cause.

“Once you undergo our mild and virtually painless treatment, you will find yourself happier and without all that pesky experience that has been bringing you down.” As a bonus, the Device even implants new memories in the place of the old ones to give the recipient the illusion of having a far better life.

Totally Painless!
The almost pain-free Ascension Treatment

Despite the newness of this technology, many have signed up in advance to be among the first humans tested in this experiment. With no chance of permanent physical damage to their bodies, subjects have said, like one interviewee found at the SnakeHead facility, “What have I got to lose?” The future looks bright for these brave souls, who, indeed, have nothing to lose but their minds. SnakeHead expects to be able to market the Ascension process within the year.

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