How to Attract, Foster, and Retain More A-Players

How to Attract, Foster, and Retain More A-Players
From Recruiter - October 7, 2017

An A-player is a top performer who has a measurable impact on your business and whose traits and competencies are desirable in other employers. An A-player has the talent DNA you want to replicate to create organizational success.

Most companies assume A-players arefew and far between, that this type talent only comprises a small minority of the workforce. But what if thatwerenttrue? What if youcould build, coach, and train even more A-players in your organization? What if you could turn C-players into B-players and B-players into A-players?

The fact is, itis possible to foster more A-player talent at your organization. Lets take a look at how:

1. Identify Your Talent

The crucial first stepto producing more A-players is tomap out who your A-, B-, and C- players currently are. One of the simplest ways to do this is to develop lists of competencies based onemployees roles, employees goals, and the company culture. After all, its tough to be competent in your job if no one has painted a picture of what, exactly, competency is!

For each A-player you already have, build profiles based on their performance, competencies, skills, and personality traits. Youll use these profiles as sourcing resources and as reference points for building paths for your B- and C-players.

2. Use Competency Models to Set Goals

Once youve mapped out your competency models, use them to set relevant goals for the companys departments, teams, and individuals.Assigning and aligning the right goals will give employees concrete steps they can take to contribute to organizational success. To further improve retention and engagement, as well as uncover your employees motivations, be sure to build personal goals into each employees plan.

3. Build the Systems

Knowing what motivates your top talent is important, but it isnt enough. Companies need the correct systems and processes in place to recruit, motivate, grow, and retain A-players. When implementing these systems and processes, you are working toward what we call talent success.


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