Every workplace has at least one person who is always on time, takes direction well, is willing to help out whenever they are needed, and get the job done right. These are the employees that you want to keep around. As an employer, supervisor, or manager, it is your duty to identify and nurture these employees in order to grow your business. By properly identifying high-quality employees, you can reduce dropout rates. Here are some attributes that high-qualities employees posses; read them over and take the time to identify who in your company has some, if not all of these characteristics.
They Have Control
High-quality employees are natural leaders-they step up and make decisions when it is necessary. They always want to learn new things, so they are not afraid to make mistakes because they learn from them. High performers manage their time, complete their workload and plan ahead.
They Accomplish Their Goals & Look for More
Once they finish a project they are working on, they ask “What’s next?”. High-quality employees are goal driven, and not only do they want to accomplish such goals, but will often seek for opportunities to expand their knowledge, gain more skills, and challenge themselves.
They Have a Desire for Input
High performers like receiving regular feedback from their managers for self-improvement. As a manager, you should be giving feedback to all your employees on a regular basis. If you notice that some are excelling more than others, address that to both sides. For high performers, keep in mind that your goal is to maintain or even increase their high performance, so be sure give them positive feedback and thank them for their work. High performers also have frequent contact with supervisors and managers in other departments and use their input and advice in their projects and to develop new ideas.
They Don’t Need to be Micro-Managed
The best employees ask the necessary questions, but are more likely to do their own research when necessary. They take their time on the projects they are working on rather than work quickly just to get them over with. When they are done with what they are working on, they look over everything again to make sure it is as perfect as it can be. Once they are done, they seek out other assignments since they don’t like to sit around waiting to be told what to do. High-quality employees are most likely always working on something.
Every organization wants high-performing employees, but not all of the employees fall into that category. It is the supervisor or manager’s duty to identify who in their organization is a high-performing employee and nurture them in order to keep them around. Recognize their hard work, challenge them, give them regular feedback, and help them grow.