New year, new job? Employees will soon be internally evaluating what they want for themselves and their careers come 2019. It’s inevitable. Many unhappy employees wait until the end of the year to finally leave their jobs and start fresh somewhere new come January.
Let’s take a look at what today’s top talent really wants, and your performance management strategy’s role in making it happen for them.
BE PART OF A TEAM.
How does your organization help employees feel like they’re connected? Building a feedback culture creates a situation where employees are encouraged to positively interact and communicate on each other’s goals, performance and achievements. Peer-to-peer feedback is critical to establishing a sense of teamwork and collaboration across an organization.
DEVELOP NEW SKILLS.
In today’s fast-moving world, if you’re standing still you’re falling behind. This is certainly true in both creative and technical fields alike. Employees want to feel as though they’re getting something in return for the hard work and value they bring to their roles. Most often, this comes in the form of development opportunities. How does your organization ensure employees have plenty of ways to grow and improve?
Managers are on the front lines of this, ensuring that employees are getting what they need to succeed, whether that’s in terms of coaching or training. If your managers are simply checking the box on performance and missing ways to lift employees up, your top talent will likely notice and see your company as a dead end for their career.
Never, ever underestimate the value of a simple thank you. Or an extravagant THANK YOU! Recognition ensures employees feel their contributions are valued and important. One step further, a social recognition program essentially holds a megaphone up to those achievements and blasts them out to the entire company to share in that employee’s success.
Instead of wondering what you can do to convince them to stay, think about what you’re doing to ensure your employees don’t want to leave. In short, focus on the experience you’re delivering to your employees, especially your top talent.