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Business Administration


Robert DeYoung


The nonprofit sector is faced with the business problem of low employee retention rates. Low employee retention rate presents various business challenges, which includes the inability to offer community members much needed social service programs as well as providing a competitive compensation package to their employees. The purpose of this descriptive phenomenological study was to explore the evidence-based best practice strategies in employee retention used in the nonprofit sector. The research included a conceptual framework focusing on Herzberg's Motivation - Hygiene Theory. The conceptual framework utilized in this study included segmentation of different employee retention strategies in nonprofit organizations. Data were collected from semi-structured face-to-face and Skype interviews with 13 leaders in the nonprofit sector. The sample included 8 female and 5 male participants working in the nonprofit sector in Central and South Florida. NVivo 12 software program was utilized to help the researcher interpret the research findings. The findings from coding analysis revealed strategies in motivation, employment status, mentoring, communication, human resource practices, job satisfaction and job security, reward management, and organizational leadership. In some mentoring programs the mentors spend time talking with the mentees about the path they took in achieving their career goals. Job satisfaction includes job security, work-life balance, and a flexible work schedule. Findings may be used to sustain community-based programs in the nonprofit sector. An increase in the employee retention rate may have a positive impact on social change in the community.