Talent Retention: The Newest Priority for CEOs

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CEOs are finally realizing the importance of talent retention. A recent study by Gartner found that talent retention is now one of the top three priorities for CEOs.

This is a huge shift from just a few years ago, when talent retention was not even on the radar for most CEOs.

Why the Shift?

There are a number of factors that have contributed to this shift.

First and foremost, the war for talent has heated up. With unemployment at historic lows, it’s become increasingly difficult to attract and retain top talent.

Secondly, the cost of turnover has become clearer. A study by the Work Institute found that the average cost of turnover is now more than $15,000 per employee.

Finally, everyone is finally striving for their dream jobs after being unsettled by COVID-19. This has led to a talent exodus from companies that are not fulfilling their employees’ needs.

All of these factors have contributed to a talent retention crisis, and CEOs are finally starting to take notice.

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What are the Implications for Employees and Team Leaders?

If you’re an employee:

1) Negotiate a Competitive Salary or Improved Benefits

If you’re unhappy with your current salary or benefits, now is the time to negotiate for a better package. With talent retention becoming a top priority for CEOs, they will be more likely to meet your demands.

2) Advocate Yourself for Training or Development Programs

If you want to improve your skills or move up within your company, start advocating for yourself. With talent retention being a top priority, companies will be more likely to invest in their employees’ development.

3) Get a Budget for a More Positive Workspace

If your workspace is outdated or uninspiring, now is the time to ask for a budget to improve it. With talent retention becoming a priority, companies will be more likely to invest in their employees’ well-being.

4) Negotiate a Flexible Work from Home Policy

If you’d like to work from home more often, now is the time to negotiate a flexible work from home policy. With talent retention becoming a priority, companies will be more likely to accommodate their employees’ needs.

If you’re a team leader:

1) Develop Growth Plans Now

If you want to retain your top talent, start developing growth plans now. With talent retention becoming a priority for CEOs, they will be more likely to invest in their employees’ development.

2) Add Budget for Employee Engagement Strategies

If you want to keep your employees happy and engaged, start adding budget for employee engagement strategies. With talent retention becoming a priority for CEOs, they will be more likely to invest in their employees’ well-being.

3) Review Your Employee Policies

If you want to retain your top talent, start by reviewing your employee policies. With talent retention becoming a priority for CEOs, they will be more likely to accommodate their employees’ needs.

Will This Cool Down?

Inevitably, yes. It will cool down. The question is, when?

I would say at least for the next two years, the retention war will continue. Companies will continue to invest in their talent retention strategies and employees will continue to advocate for themselves.

So if you’re an employee, now is the time to negotiate for a better salary, benefits, or flexible work from home policy. And if you’re a team leader, now is the time to invest in your employees’ development and well-being.

What are your thoughts on talent retention? Let me know in the comments below!

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