Retaining Top Talent

Here are my three simple rules to keep your best Team members happy, productive and loyal.

  1. Treat your subordinates as you want to be treated. Dah! There’s nothing worse than a boss or HR Manager insinuating that you take PTO for leaving 2 hours early to pick up your child after working 10 hours the previous weekend. If your top performers are getting results stop micromanaging their schedule. You like flexibility. Share your online calendar and stand back and let your people shine.
  2. Don’t worry about treating your staff equally. Your staff that does just the minimum shouldn’t have the same flexibility and latitude of your top performers. Differentiate pay, benefits, flexibility, assignments and offices and don’t strive to treat everyone the same. There is nothing more disheartening than fixing a peer’s significant mess and having that peer continue with the same title, pay, less responsibility and no consequence for not performing. If your poor performers leave that’s not a bad thing.
  3. It’s not all about pay. Ensure you give your best people the resources they need to get the most out of their skill sets. Access to an Administrative Assistant or the right software can multiply the returns of a seasoned professional. Challenging work leads to a satisfied employee, at least the type of employee you want to have working for you.

I’ve had many different types of leaders in my career and the ones who challenge my mind are the ones I respect the most. Follow me!


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