Don’t Let Your Company Become a Talent Wasteland

by Tiffany Kuehl

In one of my favorite movies, A Bronx Tale, the main character is a young boy faced with the choice between listening to the advice of his bus driver father or following in the footsteps of the neighborhood gangster. A lesson that he learns in the process of making this choice has stuck with me for years: “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”

As HR professionals, we spend a lot of time talking about talent. How do we bring in the right talent? When should we hire new talent? How do we engage the talent in our company?

There are a number of great ways to keep top performers engaged; from mentoring relationships and high potential programs to succession planning and stretch assignments. But what happens when even the best laid plans fall short? Without effective ways to use their skills, experiences, and abilities – your top performers will leave.

Recently, a friend of mine who is deeply loyal to his company, speaks very highly of his experience there, and has built a successful career there, decided to start a job search.

While there are programs in place and he is considered high potential and ready-to-promote, he is leaving for one simple reason: boredom. The company has failed to execute on their development programs and his talent is being wasted.

If that sounds at all familiar, it’s time to take a serious look at what programs are in place to keep your top talent around. To learn more about how to keep those high performers around, read my original blog post in its entirety here: Performance I Create.

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Photo courtesy of Tiago Muraro.

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