You knew the gaps that existed on your team. You knew the skills that were needed to move your organization forward. You spent months recruiting top talent—people who could take your business to the next level. You finally have the right team in place, but there’s just one problem: you have to keep them. Top talent can be easily recruited, but how do you retain them? Follow these tips in Promotional Consultant Today shared from staffing agency, The Right Staff.

Clarify your company’s goals and missions for every team member. Top performers see more than the average worker. They realize that their work fits into a larger goal. When the details of that goal or the ways in which the company’s structures that support it are obscured, a top performer may get frustrated. By clarifying the company’s goals and mission—and how the company’s structures make it happen—managers help top talent stay focused, see the value of their work and offer ideas for improved efficiency.

Find a project that ignites their passion. Top performers reach the “top” because they possess an internal drive that makes them long to be a part of something meaningful that aligns with their professional passions. Simply by assigning top employees to projects that inspire them, you’ll get better work from them, better results on the project and an employee with no desire to leave the company.

Take the time to conduct (and communicate!) thorough performance reviews. Without a clear metric for success, top talent will often become discouraged—especially when it appears they could do just as well by putting in less effort. Make sure that performance reviews are thoughtful, thorough and shared in detail with your top performers, and that financial rewards are in place. Doing so communicates that the company is genuinely interested in the employee’s long-term future.

Sit down and talk career development. Simply put, if your best employees know that there is a path to success for them within your company, they’re more likely to stick around and turn that opportunity into a reality.

To develop each individual, your organization must have these critical elements in place:

  • Senior executive mentors who will monitor your talent and support help them in their develop;
  • Development programs for individuals to participate in over a period of time;
  • Detailed development plans with clear objectives and milestones that are reviewed and adjusted on a regular basis.

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Source: The Right Staff, LLC, founded in 2002 by a group of highly successful staffing industry executives, is a staffing agency that serves accounting and finance, commercial staffing, executive search and technology staffing.