Peakon is a company that specializes in measuring employee engagement. Last year they completed the world's biggest survey in the history of employee engagement surveys.
Their survey had over 10,000,000 datapoints. Yes, you read that right. 10 million! One of the findings of the survey looked at what attracts and retains talent, specifically, what high performers are looking for in a workplace.
The responses were interesting. High performers want:
· Good salary packages
· A workplace which valued positive mental health.
· Flexible working arrangements
But above all else, the number one thing they wanted was... Professional development opportunities. They wanted to know that their current workplace was going to help them get to where they wanted to be in the long term. 2020 was a year of mass disruption and high performing employees were somewhat forgiving that their development opportunities were temporarily put on hold. But they can’t wait any longer. They want to know their career is progressing.
So, how do you provide professional development opportunities for these people?
Here’s two easy things you can implement immediately.
1. Put your high performers through a leadership development program. The research shows that leadership skills are the most in demand skill sets by both employees and employers alike. 2. Offer your high performers executive coaching.
Sometimes high performers simply need a mentor to bounce ideas and help guide them through complex issues in order to take performance and productivity to the next level.
If you are lacking dedicated resources internally to run a leadership development program or offer executive coaching, reply to me, via firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can discuss how I could potentially help in this area with your team.
2021 is the year that we need to adapt to employee demands or greatly run the risk of losing our best people to the competition.