Creating an opportunity for professional development

In interviews with more than 1,200 high-performing employees, researchers heard repeatedly about an expectations gap between the type of support and coaching those employees thought they would get, and what they actually received. Feeling frustrated, they were left to scroll through job listings during their lunch breaks.

The first step in bringing in quality employees and holding on to the ones you already have understanding what they are looking for. The study discovered that having an opportunity for professional development was the number one factor influencing an employee’s decision to accept his or her current.

In order to bring the quality employees and holding on to the ones we have is to understand what they are looking for. The study discovered that having an opportunity for professional development was the number one factor influencing an employee’s decision to accept his or her current, or most recent, job. To build more loyalty and stave off an exodus, we may have to change your workplace culture.

Learning & Development, Letting go of the 9-5 mentality, Feed-forward & Feedback, Leaving the stack ranking, and managing the Managers are the five steps to hold the current employees, and to hook new employees and reel them in for the long term.

When you’re attentive to your employees and company culture—usually in the form of support and training (but money certainly doesn’t hurt either)—the result is a happier workforce with eyes on moving the company forward, not on what other companies have to offer.

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Sunanda Rao, General Manager, Human Resources, Geodis Overseas Pvt. Ltd (India)


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