Every manager knows that all employees are not created equally.
There are your highest performers, those who are self-motivated, goal-driven and on top of their game, the employees that need a lot more help, and those in between.
All leaders are aware that their underperforming employees need coaching, but often forget that their star employees need it as well.
Although they may not need you to micro-manage them or look over their shoulder, these are the four ways to coach your highest performing staff.
Although you may think you need to spend most of your time setting up goals and objectives for your lowest-performing team members, you need to spend just as much time challenging your star players.
The employees who don’t need to be told what to do twice and who will attempt to troubleshoot problems before asking for help still need your coaching expertise to keep their determination going!
If you forget about them and leave them to do the same assignments over and over, they will become bored and lose their drive to excel.
To prevent this, you must empower them with more and more challenges to keep them on their toes!
Give Them A Purpose
People like having a purpose in life – whether at home or in the office.
Unfortunately, most workers don’t realise how their efforts contribute to the company’s success as a whole.
Whether they run reports, file or answer phones, every single one of your employees contributes to the end goal of the firm.
To keep your best employees motivated, make sure they know their role in the organisation, and how their hard work helps the overall company!
Provide them with clear data on how they help to grow the business, and watch them work even harder!
Help Them Grow
The role of any coach is not only to help the team succeed, but to develop each individual’s strengths.
When coaching your best performers, provide them with individual attention to understand their personal goals and timelines.
Teach them the skills they need to climb the corporate ladder and move on from their positions upwards!
This will also benefit you, as the more leadership qualities your staff develops, the more productive they will become!
Head of Training and Development
Originally published: 22 August, 2017
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