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To retain talented employees, challenge them

Executives depend on their managers to create highly functional, productive teams that are driven to achieve business objectives.

Executives depend on their managers to create highly functional, productive teams that are driven to achieve business objectives. Many supervisors strive to motivate their workers with strategies such as employee reward programs. In addition to driving better performance, such programs have another benefit: talent retention.

According to The Wall Street Journal, people like to be challenged on the job so they feel like they're building skills and advancing professionally. The article referred specifically to how executives want opportunities to become more competitive in their careers, but the sentiment applies to workers at other levels as well. With reward programs and sales incentives, supervisors can challenge their employees to excel and give them opportunities to take greater responsibility.

To foster a motivated, invested workforce, it's also important to engage supervisors and middle management, Monster.com advised. Managers are employees' first point of contact, so their level of passion and commitment will shape the way an employee feels about his or her job. Challenging supervisors to take greater degrees of responsibility and recognizing the impact they make on their team can help to improve performance and reduce turnover. Since replacing talented workers can be costly and difficult, it's a good business strategy to create an environment where workers will want to stay.

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