When change hits the workplace, everyone reacts differently. But per recent research featured in this Human Resources blog post, managers should really be concerned about their BEST employees leaving due to the change.
The article states:
According to a study by Corporate Executive Board (CEB) in 2013 there are three areas for concern when managing change:
- Employee performance during change.
- The disengaged stay.
- High potentials more likely to quit.
CEB found that disengaged employees are 36% more likely to stay during periods of change, while 25% of high potentials are more likely to quit. This is alarming to change projects requiring high-performing talent.
Why would disengaged employees be more likely to stay during times of change? Because by nature, disengaged professionals don’t care what the company does. They are simply there to collect a paycheck.
On the other hand, high-performing employees are likely to have goals and desires – and the introduction of change could be perceived by them as a threat to those goals.
The article does a nice job of giving tips and ideas to managers on how they can invest in high-performing talent to keep them around during times of change. Read the article, and realize who you need to focus on!