But it’s not your top performers you really need to worry about. BlessingWhite tells us:
“The 29% of employees who are engaged in the typical organization, while not immune, are less likely to respond to competitive overtures. However, the 27% who are 'almost engaged' are strong performers — and they'll take the call from a search firm.”
All the buzz seems to be around “what to do about retaining your top performers.” Have you been concerned about these second-tier employees? They have just as much knowledge about your workplace and competitive differentiators, just as much desire to work hard, and have likely been a powerful force behind the success of your top performers.
So why would they consider leaving? For the same reasons as any others in your workforce – overworked and underappreciated. It’s just these employees who can do something about it. Deloitte’s research says up to 44% of employees actively looking will take action on their turnover intentions. Can your workforce handle that large of a shake-up – especially in your top two tiers of performers?
ERE brings it all back into perspective in an article on “Where Should HR Be Spending Its Budget Right Now.”
“Overworked and underappreciated could be the mantra of many members of the workforce. Even if budgets do not allow for raises, bonuses, or even increased staff levels, budgets should allow for employee recognition programs to increase morale and reward those for taking on added responsibilities.”
When considering your retention efforts, is your focus broad enough to consider the second tier?