10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You, and How To Stop Them

The days of employee longevity are over, and employee turnover is at an all time high.

Gone are the days of working 40 years at one company, and retiring with a gold watch.

Research shows, the average employee today will have seven jobs during their working lifetime.


Here’s something you need to know…

The Scary Reality of Employee Turnover

Even while sitting at their desks in your business today, your most valuable employees are on the lookout for new jobs and new opportunities.

That number is as high as 51%.

Think about this for a second:  Can you honestly say why employees stay with your company?

If not, you need to spend some time figuring that out before you lose your best people.

Because, if ignored, they will leave you.  It’s only a matter of time.


Here’s why

There are dozens, even hundreds of reasons why good employees leave their jobs.

Research on employee turnover shows reasons that outnumber the sand on the shore.

Here are some of our top picks from human resources and employee engagement thought leaders on what might be causing your employee retention problems.

The List

1. Company Culture
2. Feeling Overworked
3. Lack of Vision
4. Too little coaching & Feedback
5. Lack of Recognition
6. They’re bored
7. Micromanagement
8. Favoritism
9. Too Much (or Too Little) Work
10. No Opportunities for Advancement 


The 80/20 Rule

The rewards of keeping your most-talented team members are obvious.

These employees are constantly innovating, setting, and then reaching new goals.

These driving forces enhance the company’s bottom line.

These “Top Guns” are very rare, and if you have them you need to do what you can to keep them.

We’ve all heard of the “80-20 Rule”.

The 20%

That means the top 20% of your employees are the driving force in your company.

These are also your future company leaders.

They’re the ones you really depend on to reach the company goals each year.

Without them, your company, and your career, end up on the scrap heap of business failures.

The 80%

What about the remaining 80% of your employees?

They are very easy to replace because they are the ones who show up, do just enough to get by, and then go home.

Your goal is to convert as many of these grunts, as possible, into the top 20%.

Some can make the jump with proper leadership and motivation.

If not, gradually replace them all with winners.

When that happens, you will reach heights in your career you would never have imagined.

Keeping your top employees

When asked, executives in virtually every business field attest to possessing an employee retention program, but are they really necessary?

Does recognition really impact your career success?

The numbers speak for themselves:

  • More than 30% believe they’ll be working someplace else inside of 12 months.
  • More than 40% don’t respect the person they report to.
  • More than 50% say they have different values than their employer.
  • More than 60% don’t feel their career goals are aligned with the plans their employers have for them.
  • More than 70% don’t feel appreciated or valued by their employer.


What Causes Employee Turnover?

As the old adage goes, “Employees don’t quit working for companies.  They quit working for their leaders”.

Ask yourself, “Am I someone who deserves the loyalty and commitment of my employees?”

To succeed in keeping them… you had better have a solid, honest answer.

Why are they leaving?

Do you know the number one reason why you have employee turnover?

You failed to recognize their contribution.

Survey after survey proves this, and it’s the same across all generations.

Bottom Line: Top talent is motivated by meeting and exceeding goals!

Naturally, they want the praise that should go with it.

Remember, effective leaders don’t just take credit.

More importantly, they give it.

Legendary Alabama Football Coach, Bear Bryant said, “If we win, it’s because my players executed well.

If we lose, it’s my fault”.

This one may be on you

Ultimately, as the manager and leader, if you lose your best people it could be your fault.

Look for ways to showcase your top people, and show them the love.

They’ll know you genuinely appreciate their contribution to your success, and to the success of the company.

But, remember, they work for you!

You are the company to them.

They will stay because of you, or leave, because of you.

The Star Culture Approach

First, you can’t address an issue you don’t understand. Use a simple assessment to gather honest, anonymous employee feedback.

Use what you learn from those assessments to capitalize on your strengths and improve weaknesses. Star Culture creates a custom training program of short-burst leadership tutorials based on nearly three decades of real-world engagement experience.

Work with your personal engagement coach to roll out your new strategies and specific action items. Your engagement coach is your accountability partner, and helps you keep your program on track.

Finally, take the guesswork out of success with regular survey assessments to track and measure your results. Your engagement coach stays with you as your program grows and evolves with your team, your challenges, and workplace culture.

It’s alarmingly simple, yet incredibly effective.

Higher employee engagement scores are possible. More motivation… reducing turnover… keeping your best employees… attracting top-level talent… it’s all possible.

Grow a culture of engaged employees. Find out how Star Culture will help you make a positive, lasting impact in your workplace.

The Results Are In

Employees who are challenged, engaged, valued and rewarded rarely leave, and more importantly, they perform at very high levels.

So what are you doing, right now, to show you value and reward your top talent?

Remember this: Individuals achieving at the highest levels are looking for companies that…

  • Unleash their passions
  • Challenge their intellect
  • Engage their creativity

Top employees aren’t satisfied with the mundane – they want to make a difference, be the catalyst for change, and the agent that gets it done.

In short, they want one thing – opportunity and the leadership to back it up.

So keep your word. Give them opportunities to succeed.

And REWARD THEM when they are successful.

Is top talent easy to keep? Not a chance!

But that is what makes them, and YOU, the best!


Curious to know what your employees think about your appreciation and recognition efforts?

It’s one of the key categories we look for in our Star Culture program.

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