Even the highest performers in an organization may decide to look for other job opportunities. When these top performers reach out to us in interest of a specific position or posting, we have to ask why they’re contemplating leaving their current role – and of course, what would help them maintain dedication to a different company. A major part of a recruiter’s role is looking out for both the candidate and the client, so making the match – and ensuring it’s a lasting one – is crucial.
Just who are these highly sought-after top-level performers, and what are they looking for? It’s not always a higher salary, of course – challenging (and rewarding) projects, work environment, and flexibility are all at the top of the list. Once those are covered, and an individual takes on a new role with an organization, what else does he/she need to reach and/or maintain a high level of productivity and success?
Advancement Opportunities. This is frequently the main reason a top performer would consider leaving their current place of employment, but if opportunities to advance are available, high performers continue to work hard in hopes of nabbing one in the future.
Ongoing training / continuing education. When an organization invests in keeping employees up-to-date on various skills and information, employees see this as an investment in them. An even bigger motivator to continue working hard? Adding on a financially related perk for all of those completed training hours.
Maintaining a good reputation. When an employee is known across the organization for his or her high performance level and skills, it’s easier for the employee to continue putting forth that effort.
What motivates you to perform well?