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April 18, 2011
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When talented employees continue to leave, it is alarming for most organizations. In this blog I would like to highlight the reasons and ways to arrest this growing challenge.

To identify where the problem lies, ask these questions:

  • Are we using the right processes to identify new hires?
  • Do we know why our employees leave our company?
  • Are managers given tools to identify talent and reward performance? Do they have the skills to use these tools?
  • Do we have a system to develop potential?

The problem could be any one or more of the following: Getting the right candidate for the right job: One important aspect of hiring is correctly defining job responsibilities of the new-hire.

  • Do hiring managers give adequate details about the job requirements?
  • Are line managers involved in the short-listing and interview process?
  • Is the job description consistent and available to everyone involved in the hiring process?

    Without well-defined and transparent job descriptions that are easily accessible to all the stakeholders in the recruitment process, it may be difficult to identify the right candidates. Most attrition happens because we try to fit a round peg in a square hole.

    Offboarding: “No one utilizes my capability and capacity for work”, said one employee in an exit interview. Without a process to manage and address the concerns mentioned during exit interviews, organizations may miss opportunities to stem the flow..

    HR Strategy: Most management teams are focused on increasing revenues and profits. While it is true that the primary aim of most organizations is financial growth, it is important to realize that this growth is not sustainable without a unified and integrated HR strategy in place.

    Tracking achievements: Employees are hired based on their past experiences and track record, and it is then assumed that they will do well in the new job. However, actual performance is the only true test of their capabilities.

    If you can’t assign goals and track achievements periodically, how will you differentiate between performers and non-performers – and reward them appropriately? Inability to do this effectively may frustrate talented employees and drive them to look elsewhere, where they are appreciated more.

    Planned Growth: Without capabilities to assign and track goals, managers cannot look at the performance of their team members objectively. This leads to the following challenges:

    • Employees cannot be reviewed regularly and effectively
    • Performance evaluation tends to be subjective with the primary aim being completion of the performance appraisal process
    • Development needs cannot be identified at line-manager level
    • It is difficult to launch schemes that recognize performers – such as Pay for Performance
    • Training is not effective and does not map required development needs

    In such a scenario, how do you plan the growth of high potential employees?

    Our experience indicates that over a period of time employees who are not recognized adequately or have yet to reach their maximum potential, eventually quit. They perceive that their current organization cannot offer them the challenges, growth or recognition that matches with their career ambitions.

    In most cases, high performers leave because their aspirations for growth and recognition are not managed effectively.

    Helping you tackle these challenges is EmpXtrack, a comprehensive product that help identify talented employees, manage their career and growth and consequently, arrest attrition. For information on how we can help visit: or click here to get in touch with us.


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    • solanki kapil | Reply

      there are some reason so that employee leave the organization. 1. May be he/she is not satisfied with salary 2. It may chances that not good co-ordination with its colleges or may be with there boss or upper level staff 3. It may chances that employer are not utilize the employee capacity and capability. 4. May be family or personal reason. 5. Some time skilled employee always try to create something new and it is not accepted by organization. so that his/her dissatisfaction level may increase. 6. May be he/she got high opportunity. 7. in some organization employer are not aware about employee career development so some employee think that its routine work nothing else so they wants always creative one so that they may leave the job. 8. may be dissatisfaction in performance appraisal, bonus, compensation and other facilities.

    • rajesh | Reply

      There are different reason "Why Good Employees Leave Your Organization?" The job was not as expected. Mismatch between job and new hire. salary does matter Too few growth opportunities there are many other reason too...

    • Teresa | Reply

      A present or future employee with the right combination of knowledge, skills, and motivation to excel represents human capital with the potential to give the organization a competitive advantage. For that reason, today’s executives are very concerned about recruiting and retaining talented people, developing employees’ skills, getting them fully engaged, and preparing for the day when valuable people retire or leave for another employer. A cross-functional rotation may keep future employees.

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    • Michelle Mendoza | Reply

      Keeping all employees should be one of the main motives of HR divisions. Employees are what keeps the company going, and the best employees should be retained at all costs.

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