Every company has excellent performers but there are a few that are simply assets. They are outstanding and they bring a lot of value to the business. This is the reason why it is almost your duty to ensure that these performers stick with you and don’t end up leaving you one fine [read not so fine] day because they have better opportunities out there.
Thankfully, doing so is not all that difficult.
Every single employee wants recognition and high performers truly deserve recognition. They deserve visibility too. That is what you should give them. Invite them to presentations; let them participate in numerous meetings, and so on so that they realize that they are truly valued.
These employees want to stay engaged. They love doing interesting things every single day. As the leader, it is your job to give them new assignments to engage in. Make full use of their enthusiasm and they will remain entertained. Engage them in the idea-pitching and decision-making process, too.
Engage them or connect them to a senior employee who can really guide them and give them career advice. The mentor should be good with young employees so that the two really connect and the mentor gives them great advice about their career.
Give them important tasks even though there is the risk of making mistakes – we all make mistakes. You could also go ahead and give them leadership roles! You may also delegate challenging work to them so that they are curious and active. When they are successful you should truly reward them.
Your high performing employees should know that there are indeed great opportunities for them in the future with you. They should know that they would advance if they keep performing well. If they don’t see any growth in the offing they might decide to try another company. Be careful!
Losing a great employee will hurt you the most. A great employee will thrive in any company. You shouldn’t let him go.
High performing employees are highly valuable and you simply can’t let them go. Recognize their talent, engage them, and show that they have a future in your company to ensure that you build a long-term relationship with them.