Three ways to retain your learners

by Brett Henebery12 Apr 2017
Almost half of Australians who don’t believe their strengths are well used at their workplace are planning to head for the door, according to the Wellness in the Workplace survey.

The report highlighted growing challenges for organisations whose learners feel that their strengths are not being put to use.

Travis Bradberry, co-founder of consultancy and coaching service TalentSmart, told Entrepreneur recently that while good learners are as tough as nails, their talent gives them an abundance of options – and one of them is finding somewhere better to work.

Below, Bradberry outlines three things that organisations should avoid doing if they want to retain their best learners.
Don’t overwork your employees
Raises, promotions and title-changes are all acceptable ways to increase workload. If you simply increase workload because people are talented, without changing a thing, they will seek another job that gives them what they deserve.
Part of the equation is genuinely caring for your learners. More than half of people who leave their jobs do so because of their relationship with their boss. Smart companies make certain their managers know how to balance being professional with being human. Bosses who fail to really care will always have high turnover rates.
Praise a job well done
Managers need to communicate with their people to find out what makes them feel good [for some, it’s a raise; for others, it’s public recognition] and then to reward them for a job well done. It’s easy to underestimate the power of a pat on the back, especially with top performers who are intrinsically motivated.
Encouraging passion and creativity is also important, as is challenging your workers intellectually. Great bosses challenge their employees to accomplish things that seem inconceivable at first. Instead of setting mundane, incremental goals, they set lofty goals that push people out of their comfort zones.
When talented and intelligent people find themselves doing things that are too easy or boring, they seek other jobs that will challenge their intellects.
Ensure you develop workers’ skills
When you have a talented employee, it’s up to you to keep finding areas in which they can improve to expand their skill set. The most talented employees want feedback – more so than the less talented ones – and it’s your job to keep it coming.

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