How to create a team that wants to stay with you long term

work with outsource staffCaught this article on Forbes recently re: New Study Shows How High-Performing Companies Motivate Their People.

It reminded me of when I worked as a recruiter for a placement agency in Calgary, AB where a big part of my day was spent was interviewing people who were looking for new jobs.

One of the questions we asked them was:

“Why do you want a new job?”

Now you would think the most common answer would be money right? I always assumed that would be the case… but it wasn’t.

The most common reason was simply that there was no room for advancement and they felt under appreciated.

In other words, people want to have opportunities for growth, they want to feel empowered in their work, they need to feel appreciated and work for great leaders… which is exactly what this article was all about.

Yes, perhaps this article was written with an eye to the big guys – bigger corporations with huge staff and budgets. But the thing is, these exact same strategies work for us smaller companies who run on an outsourced staff (like I do) or maybe have up to 10 employees.

I have a team of people who have worked with me for a long time, in fact there has been only one person who has left my team in the past 5 years by her choice (she decided to change careers.) Everyone else who has become a part of my team still works with me. And it is simply because I give them lots of room to grow, I authentically share how awesome they are (cause they are, and no you can’t have them… hehe) and I lead them to be empowered to take ownership of their role and the amazing things they create.

It’s just as simple as that.

How about you? Do you have a team that will stick with you? If not, which area could use a little sprucing up? Post/share your comments below.