We’ve said before that the key to keeping great employees is to train them and help them grow – in essence, to make them more marketable. Top employees aren’t happy unless they’re learning new skills and having an impact. If you aren’t providing this environment for them, they’ll find it somewhere else.
But here’s an idea that takes our common sense concept a step further. He proposes that you not only grow your team, but help them move on from your company to other companies when the time is right. He says:
Take a look at your team. Who are you clinging to when you should be letting them go? Who needs to move on so they can grow somewhere else? How are you helping them do that?
The idea is that even though you hate to lose good people, if you know that they’re ready to move on, holding them back is only going to hurt them and you.
But how will you fill the hole that top performer left when he moved on? If your company or department has a reputation for growing people, you won’t have trouble filling spots with people looking for a place to grow – and people looking for a place to grow are the top performers, the ones who’ll have a true impact on your organization.