People don’t quit their jobs, they quit their bosses: Five tips to retain your best employees
- Allow them to speak their minds.Top performers are generally insightful, which means they will have critical opinions. The smartest managers don’t fear these opinions, but work to create an environment where an employee can express herself. Ask yourself: Is your organization a place in which people are comfortable providing feedback? If so, employees offer ideas and commit to continuous improvement. If not, they bite their tongues or find themselves constantly in trouble - until they leave.
- Understand their goals.Take the time to discover their personal goals and find a way to tie them into the goals of your business. For example, if someone has aspirations to start a business, allow her to pursue entrepreneurial endeavours inside the company.
- Help them Grow.Your best employees seek frequent opportunities to learn and grow in their careers, knowledge and skill. Without the opportunity to try new opportunities, attend seminars and undergo new training, they feel they will stagnate. A career-oriented, valued employee must experience growth opportunities within your organization.
- Create a connection.Top performers, or difference-makers, are looking to make a deep connection with not only their work, but also the people they work with. If you are a managing a great employee, adopt a leadership style that resonates with him. Remember, these people don't quit their jobs, they quit their bosses.
- Surround them with high-calibre colleagues. Allow your top talent to collaborate and reap the exponential benefits of the collaboration with similar minds.
And finally, there is a single maxim at the heart of all the tips above:In order to stick around, your employees must feel rewarded and appreciated. Bring your staff donuts once a while and compliment their work generously. It helps.