7 High Performer Employee Engagement Warning Signs

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Top High Performer Engagement Warning Signs
Engaging employees is an ongoing challenge for organizations who want to grow and succeed. Engaged employees have highly levels of advocacy, discretionary effort and retention.  They are also 40% more productive than their unengaged counterparts.

The Early Warning Signs
The challenge for companies, however, is to pay attention to the early warning signs that your levels of employee engagement are at risk.  Here are the top seven high performer employee engagement warning signs from our Best Places to Work Employee Engagement Survey Data:

#1.  Lack of a Voice
In too many companies, there is a bureaucracy that reigns…and often just by its sheer weight. All too often, policies, rules and processes that were initially created with good intentions, impede the agility that high performers need to succeed. Top talent likes to “get things done” and have a voice in the rules they must follow.

#2.  Lack of Career Development
High performers are invested in learning, growing and facing ever greater challenges in their work. If there’s not a compelling future path that entices them, they are likely to look elsewhere to build their career. If you want to engage and retain your top talent, ensure that they find their work challenging, see growth opportunities and are able to utilize their strengths.

#3.  Lack of an Engaging Project
The best talent looks for work that has real impact and inspires their passion. They quickly lose interest in working on something that anyone else could do. They thrive on projects that are well matched to their interests and skills, have visibility and will make a lasting difference.

#4.  Lack of a Vision
Unless your company and your teams have an inspiring vision that excites your employees and gives their work meaning, your “A” players may become disengaged.  To engage top talent, make sure they believe the organization will be successful in the future.

#5.  Lack of Accountability
High performers expect themselves and those around them to be held accountable for their performance and their behavior along the way. If all workers are not held responsible for maintaining performance and cultural standards, higher performers will eventually lose their motivation to get results.

#6.  Lack of Confidence in Leadership and Team
If high performers lack confidence in their immediate boss, the team or the company leaders, they are at risk for leaving. High performers need to believe leadership is trustworthy, capable and responsive to change.  To engage top talent, make sure they trust your senior leaders to lead the organization to future success.

#7.  Lack of an Open Environment
High performers thrive on new ideas and innovative approaches. In fact, most high performers become bored doing the same things the same ways. Top talent thrives on sharing ideas and always looking to improve.

The Bottom Line
No company can afford to lose its key employees. Make sure you are doing all you can to retain your high performers. Engaging them at a high level will serve you well and they won’t end up in the so-called greener pastures of your competition.

To learn more about boosting employee engagement levels of your high performers, download The Top 6 Forces Driving Employee Engagement and Key Strategies to Move the Engagement Needle

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