You’ve hired some superb workers for your team, but how do you make sure they stay for the long-term success of the company? Here are some do’s and don’ts for retaining the top talent you’ve acquired for your team.
Don’t overwork your best workers
As employers, there’s a tendency to give the most challenging assignments to your best talents. But while they are likely to respond with pride to these challenges, getting the toughest tasks all of the time – for the same pay as the rest – could make them feel overworked, mistreated and undervalued. Also, there’s the danger that the quality of their work will start to decline if they are constantly overworked. Spread the tasks out as evenly as possible. Doing this will also enable more people in the team to shine, instead of just one star player.
Give your most talented workers a sense of purpose
Good bosses motivate and inspire their workers by giving them a sense of purpose. Your workers need to have a sense of their place in the organisation and a good leader will be able to provide the best talents under them with a clear idea of the big picture, even for the most mundane of tasks. Your talents need to know their work is not pointless or a waste of time. Align them with the company’s mission, give them a clarity of purpose and you’ll see them thriving – and that will be a boost for the company.
Give them opportunities to grow
Most talented individuals look for options outside of the company they are working for because they see a lack of opportunity for career development in their current situations. As an employer of such high-flyers, it is important to let them know that such opportunities for development exist and that you are willing to invest in their training, if it comes to that.
Resist the temptation to micromanage your top workers
Talented people need to shine, and more often than not, the best way for them to do so is to leave them to their own devices. Perpetually providing them instructions and crowding them could end up cramping their style, which would affect the excellent quality of their work. It’s better instead to build an environment of trust at the workplace. Your best talents will likely be more motivated and empowered as they take ownership of their own tasks.
Respect their time out of the office
Work-life balance may not be a priority to some entrepreneurs and bosses, especially those running start-ups or new companies. However, for many employees, even those showing the best capabilities and the utmost of loyalty, it is a very important matter. While working overtime may be a necessity in some cases, make sure your employees get to spend enough time outside of the office. Also, workers are more likely to perform better at work when they are happy with their life outside of it.
Let your top employees pursue their passion
Are you the kind of boss who expects his workers to do only the tasks they are hired for? Then maybe you should try letting them switch their roles once in a while, for you could actually unearth some talents, especially among your top employees. Being open to allowing your best staff to switch roles within the company not only keeps things fresh for the workers, it could also allow you to spot unique talents in your team.