The problem with hiring the perfect candidate is the worry that you may lose them. The Undercover Recruiter and Talent Cove have some excellent advice on how to keep your high performers from moving elsewhere.

First of all, be frank with them. Tell them how well they are doing and of their importance to the business, and discuss the fact that opportunities with competitors may arise. Ensure that effective training is in place, both for the employee and for the managers who are leading them, and spend time coaching and supporting these high performers. Even if certain employees are performing well, do not just presume that they do not need or want any guidance or training.

Regular feedback is essential in order to keep employees focused and to make them feel valued, and this is also an easy strategy to implement. By providing regular feedback you can improve morale, performance and happiness in the workplace and it also shows that you are interested in your employee and recognise the work that they are doing. Most importantly, make sure that they are acknowledged for their hard work and rewarded for their accomplishments on a regular basis.

Try to help them develop their own career, whether this means helping them to realise their own career goals or giving them a flexible environment which can lead to progression, they need to feel that they are developing. One thing you should not do is make promises you cannot keep, particularly with regards to money. Not only will this mean that you are proving yourself to be someone who does not keep promises, but you are also turning the salary into the most important aspect. Try instead to recognise your employee’s individual needs and offer them benefits that they will personally value.

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