29 January 2015

Want to hang on to great talent? Me too. It’s something I’ve been learning about for over fifteen years yet the lesson is far from over. However, having the benefit of hindsight, I can look back on the early years of UKFast and admit that I probably lost some really talented people to one silly mistake: I let them get bored.

league ladderI know some people might think that an office with a gym and a bar is a place you’d never get bored, but that’s only part of the equation. Yes, it’s important to inspire people by creating amazing surroundings, but what motivates them internally is important too, and if you don’t keep giving people new opportunities to grow and develop, they will start to feel like they are slowing down or stalling, even in the most exciting and colourful environment.

When you hire passionate people, you have to stretch them and give them challenges. Think about the times we feel happiest; when we have achieved something or learnt something new, when we took another step forward in our lives, whether personal or professional, and felt better and stronger than we did before.

Nothing in life stands still. As I always say, you’re either growing or you’re dying. So the key to holding on to great talent, in my opinion, is making sure the people you want to hold on to are always growing.

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