Tell Your Best Employees that You Value their
All employees thirst for
positive recognition. Let your best employees know that they are appreciated. A
periodic pat on the back and words such as, "nice job" and "well done" are more
powerful than recognition plaques on the wall, special parking spots, or a
mention in the company newsletter.
Provide Advancement Opportunities to Strong
Your best employees want
to move up in the organization. If no spot exists, make one. Continuously
monitor who deserves promotions and who, given the right opportunity, would
increase their contributions to the organization.
Start a "Top-Performer Support and
Create a special group of
your elite performers. These can be managers as well as solid individual
contributors. Provide special training and development for these top
performers. Also, arrange for them to receive frequent briefings about the
company's plans and progress.
An invitation to join this type of group is a
clear statement of positive recognition for superior employees. It can also
strengthen their bonds to the organization by improving the cohesiveness and
personal relationships of the top performers.
Develop a Series of Succession Plans
Some organizations create
succession plans for the top few positions in their organizations but very few
create similar plans for departments, office locations or plants. Wouldn't top
performers be more likely to stay with the organization if they knew they were
next in line for a promotion?
Move Top Performers out of Dead-end Jobs
Be certain that your best
employees are placed in a position to be as productive as possible. Move these
employees into positions where they can do the most for the organization and
where advancement is most likely.