November 23, 2015Startup strategies
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How To Treat Talented Employees

Talented employees should be able to show their power

One day entrepreneurs become employers. The luckiest of them are those who managed to attract the most talented employees. But one day, when they realize what treasure is in their hands, they find out they don’t know what to do with it to make a good use of it and, at the same time, keep it.

Increase their status

Talented employees are usually the ones high-performing which often makes managers fall into the same trap: they start to overwork them. It’s no surprise good employees feel bad about it, it’s even possible they even start to wish they hadn’t demonstrated that high-performance. The best way to avoid that is to increase their status accordingly to the increase of the workload. Title-changes, promotions and raises serve this aim very well.

Know what makes them feel good

It’s an extremely easy rule, yet managers often tend to ignore it. Communicate to your employees to find out what they appreciate most or what inspires them and then use this knowledge to reward them for a job well done.

Get personally involved into what they do

A good manager is the one who knows how to balance being professional with being human. Both small wins and hard times are worth your attention and participation. No one likes working full-time for bosses that care about nothing other than their employees production yield.

Keep your promises and commitments

This advice goes for everyone whose success depends on relations with people, not just for bosses or managers. Walking the talk makes you grow in the eyes of employees and business partners because they get assured they can rely on your words. And, speaking of employees, if they see you honor your commitments and promises they feel the need to do the same on their side.

Conduct careful hiring and promotion policies

New people you hire should make a good fit for the talented ‘veterans’. They should be like-minded professionals hard-working employees like to work with. The newcomers motivation and performance should be no lower than what you expect from the old-timers. Hiring and promoting the wrong people, on the other hand, could seriously undermine motivation of the latter.

Provide opportunities for them to pursue their passions

What is special about talented employees is their passion. Therefore don’t put them into a little box, let them and help them pursue their passions instead. According to the recent studies people who can pursue their passions at work experience an euphoric state of mind that is five times more productive than the norm.

Let them develop their skills

Listening to the employees is important but don’t forget to give them feedback. The most talented ones want it and ask for it. They are ardent to have it because they want to grow and constantly improve the way they do things. Your job is to satisfy this need, otherwise they get bored and unmotivated.

Use their ability and desire to change and improve things

Another great thing about talented employees is that they seek to improve everything they touch. Letting them freedom to do so does not only feeds their inspiration, but also keeps your mind sharp and flexible. Not to speak of how dramatically it can change your business for the better.

Challenge their intellects and help them succeed

Good employees are always looking for personal and professional growth opportunities. Your job is to provide them with such. Set lofty goals to push them out of their comfort zones and challenge their intellect. But be always near to do everything that will help them succeed.

Of course, these are just general advice of what to start with. All people are unique, and the better you know your employees, the clearer is what kind of personal approach to apply.

Adapted from the article '9 Things Managers Do That Make Good Employees Quit' published on www.entrepreneur.com

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