The recent job numbers show that hiring is on the rise, which means that some of your best people may be starting to look for their next big opportunity. Now is a good time to think about re-recruiting your top talent. When it comes to your top performers how recently have you:
- Explained your vision for your company/group/department and told them what role they play in achieving that vision?
- Told them that they are a valued part of the organizationand why they are valuable? I’m not talking platitudes here. I’m talking about genuine respect for the talents and contributions they bring.
- Asked them what they find interesting or engaging about their work?
- Asked them what concerns they have about their current work or career?
- Discussed where they want to take their career in the next few years?
- Engaged them in solving a significant business issue?
- Given them the opportunity to take on additional responsibility? NOTE: This does not mean that you’ve heaped more and more work on them simply because you know they’ll get it done. Is it the opportunity to take on additional, meaningful responsibilities?
- Given them a break if they need one. It’s possible they’ve carried a heavier load than others because of their talents. Do they need the opportunity to have a slightly lighter load for a while?
- Done a pulse check on their engagement level? Is it waning? Are they as energized as ever or feeling beat up by the work environment of the past couple of years?
- Told them why this is still a great place to work? You want to do this with a heavy dose of realism in it. Nothing sends them running for the doors more than a manager who seems to have no sense of reality and who is cheering a little too loudly.
If it’s been too long since you’ve asked at least some of these questions or said some of these things, you should consider having or scheduling this conversation today. Don’t just save it for your top performers. Soon after they start leaving, others will take the cue and you could see more people walking out the door than you’d like.