Strategic HR

What Makes High-Performing Employees Stay in a Job?

A new survey report has found that top factor that makes high-performing employees more likely to stay in their jobs are good relationships with colleagues.  The Ceridian survey, the 2017 Pulse of Talent Report, took a look at why high-performing employees remain in their jobs.

It found that 49% of high performers cited their coworkers as a reason to stay at their current employer, edging out salary, which 48% identified as impacting whether they would stay in a job.  Just behind these factors named by high performers were good working conditions (47%) and job security (46%).

The survey, conducted among 1,602 U.S. and Canadian employees, also found that high-performing respondents were more likely to work for companies with clear values, clearly-communicated business goals and flexible work policies than other respondents in the survey.  About nine in 10 (91%) of high performers also reported that working for an employer that offered learning and development opportunities was important to them.

“While salary creates a baseline for happiness at work, it isn’t everything,” said Lisa Sterling, Chief People Officer, Ceridian, in a press release announcing the survey results. “Organizations looking to retain their most effective employees need to invest in a culture that will keep them happy. Work/life balance, opportunity for advancement, and a positive work environment all play a role.”

“Organizations looking to attract and retain tomorrow’s best workers need to get beyond engagement,” Sterling continued. “They must begin thinking about their culture holistically—what their values are, how those values will encourage positive relationships, and allow employees to grow and develop in their careers.”

The survey also identified some interesting generational differences in terms of the current state of satisfaction and loyalty among employees: Gen X and older Millennials from the U.S.  (those aged 30-48) were reportedly most positive about where they work, while younger Millennials and Gen Z (those aged 18-29) had the least loyalty to their current job.

For more information, or to download the 2017 Pulse of Talent Report, visit Ceridian.