By Jennifer Brown, Founder and CEO of PeopleTactics

The conversation every manager dreads – your top performer just tendered his resignation and has accepted another position. Why did he decide to leave? What could have been done to keep him?

There are several reasons an employee may start to look outside of their organization for new opportunities. He may not feel challenged, appreciated or is unsure of his future with the company. These feelings can prompt an employee to start looking for new opportunities or to finally return that call from the recruiter who has been after him for months. Before that letter of resignation comes across your desk, take steps to ensure that your top talent doesn’t jump ship.

Most of us seek challenging work as well as the opportunity to learn new things each day in order to grow professionally as well as personally. If work becomes monotonous and lacks a certain level of challenge, we may start to look elsewhere for that growth opportunity. As a manager, try using the following methods to spice up your employee’s work:

  • Determine your employee’s strengths and utilize them to the fullest
  • Discover your employee’s untapped skills and find a way to showcase his hidden talent
  • Ask your employee what new skills or opportunities he is seeking and help him find appropriate training
  • Identify internal growth opportunities
  • Offer the chance to work on special projects that differ from day-to-day responsibilities

The nature of someone’s work is not always the reason they exit an organization. However, most employees who feel happy and challenged in the work they do are less likely to proactively look for new opportunities. As their manager, you play an important role in creating an exciting work environment. Make sure it is filled with challenges and opportunities that showcase individual talents. This will keep productivity and morale high and will most certainly have a positive impact your company’s bottom line.

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