Some sound advice here. No matter how happy your top performing employees are, there is always an opportunity out there that has the ability to turn their heads and cause intrigue. Employees always have something niggling them (often very small) and it is crucial for all leaders to have an effective radar to tune in and resolve niggles before they grow to a size that causes you problems.
Our executive search team specialise in approaching potential candidates in the "passive" job market and so we know only too well that even the happiest and most motivated individuals have a reason to move on.
The other day, a fast-growth CEO contacted me to chat about an employee problem that was becoming a big issue. Without warning, key employees were leaving the company. So the CEO was not only questioning how to stop these regrettable departures, but also wondering if other key employees were at risk of leaving. Everyone is replaceable, except at certain points in a company's history. There are certain times when departures of key employees are costly and downright detrimental. If my view is accurate--and I'd love to hear if you think I'm wrong--a savvy CEO should always be on the lookout for signs that key employees are fidgety. That's because these signs warn a CEO not only about potential employee departures but also about areas that are not right in the organization.