Thursday, April 05, 2018

Talent Walks: Why Your Best Employees Are Leaving

From Gallup:

Which of your employees are most likely to quit?

If you follow Gallup's analytics, you might answer that the least engaged employees quit more often. That is true -- improving engagement among your employees is one of the best ways to slow down turnover. However, there is a group of employees that merits particular attention: your most talented employees.

In our recent work with organizations across various industries, we discovered something really interesting and somewhat unsettling: Highly talented employees who are not engaged were among those who had the highest turnover in each organization -- on par with low talent, disengaged employees. In other words, when your best employees are not engaged, they are as likely to leave your organization as your employees who tend to have performance issues and are unhappy.

Why do they leave so quickly? We speculate that your most talented employees are more likely to have high expectations of their workplaces... But here's the important part: You can't tell how engaged a team member is by performance alone.

67% of employees are not engaged at work. They are not your worst performers, but they are indifferent to your organization. They give you their time, but not their best effort nor their best ideas.

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