How to Find Your Best Employees and Keep Them Around

Find and Keep Employees

Retention is as crucial as recruitment is. Finding potent employees is one thing, keeping them is another. Although the obvious question is “How do I keep a good employee”, what should be answered first is “What makes a good employee”. According to Entrepreneur.com there is a list of qualities that characterize the “model employee”:

They want more. They are not happy with achieving the bare minimum. Whether because of ambition or because of personal satisfaction, they are only happy if they can do more than is expected of them.

They ask questions. They want to know things and understand processes. They don’t accept facts at face value, and they are looking for ways to exploit systems to get further.

They’re passionate. They care about their job performance. These are the people whose eyes start to shine when asked “What is it that you do?” And they are the ones who passionately defend their ideas and plans.

They’re weird. They have their personal quarks, which make them different from most employees. That shows, they’re creative, and think outside the box.

They like to prove others wrong. They are driven by a wish to be right. If they have a crazy idea, and everyone is saying it can’t be done, they’ll find a way. They do need some sort of reigning in from their managers but most of the time, it’s better to let them fly.

It seems that the “model employee” is not the easiest person to work with, let alone to keep them around, so you definitely a plan. Drawing from the same source, let’s discuss the PPP methodology- Plans, Progress, Problems.

Try a weekly status report, and look for subtle signs.

First, PPP requires employees to list their plans for the following week. Some people make sure they don’t have too much planned, and they’ll definitely be able to finish what they planned. But then there are others who have a lot of plans and a lot if ideas. Often they don’t finish all of them in a week and have a lot of overdue items. These are the people who want more and who like to prove others wrong.

A lot of overdue items is also an interesting part of PPP. At a first glance, it might seem that it shows laziness  – sometimes it does — but usually the lazy ones are too uninterested to even make plans. So it’s actually a sign of people who want to do more than they are able. If you a have a person like that in your team they might require some help with focusing, so sit down with them and talk things through.

Good employees are worthy of recognition. It’s every manager’s and leader’s task to figure out who they are. Use PPP or use one-on-one meetings. Give grades based on your gut or trust the yearly review. The important thing is that you find and hold onto your best employees.

Since it is really crucial to keep the best of your staff, we suggest that you give a try to this simple method and see how it goes. After all, it is a good sign of leadership, to stay close to your team and show that you care.

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