Star Employees – Hire them & Keep them

underneath a star
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The staff of any business/startup can be divided into three categories; A, B and C. The people belonging to “category A” – the extraordinaire and really talented people are the ones every business wants to keep. A huge problem arises when the “A players” decide to quit and the company goes haywire in trying to keep them from resigning. Suddenly star treatment is provided and all sorts of promises about the future are made to them. But does this work? Will the A star worker not resign?

After reaching a saturation point where you feel under-appreciated or mistreated, an employee will leave regardless of any newly created incentive. The star treatment and incentives aren’t enough to hold back the employee. Instead identify such employees from the beginning and keep them motivated and happy.

The article below is a great read and talks about first hand experience of an entrepreneur:

http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2009/11/16/dont-roll-out-the-red-carpet-on-the-way-out-the-door/

Don’t roll out the red carpet on the way out the door, but roll the red carpet inside the organization.

  1. damenmode on January 23rd, 2010 at 16:39 | #1

    This ist absolutely right. Unfortunately the category A Star employees are rare.

  2. Carpet Finchley on January 27th, 2010 at 13:23 | #2

    Often it is too late to spot your star employee until they have walked out the door.  We have had this experience and did not realise that one of our technical team was the foundation to the whole team until he left.  I totally agree you need to watch who are your AB and C employees and then treat them respectively.

  1. January 19th, 2010 at 09:25 | #1