DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a valued employee who has worked with me for several years. She is hitting her stride, doing very well for my small company. I fear that she is about to leave. I gave her a raise this year, which I thought was an incentive and proof that I value her, but I don’t know if it’s enough. I cannot give her another raise yet. My income is not stable enough. What can I do to let her know how much I value her and want her to continue to grow with me? -- Please Stay
DEAR PLEASE STAY: Talk to her about her plans. Ask her how she likes working for you and if she is happy. Tell her how much you appreciate her and want her to continue to work with you. Ask her if she wants to stay, and find out what her career goals are. Listen carefully to what she says. You may not be able to offer her extra dollars, but figure out if you can offer her other opportunities within your business to help her grow.