Identifying and retaining the stars of the future
Fri, May 25, 2012
Instep has been tackling a problem as old as the hills with one of the UK's best known clothing brands – how to hold onto star employees.
The Sandbach based business has been working with Regatta, to tackle issues around staff retention, and after an extensive period of consultation, a programme of innovative workshops was devised – which has produced striking results.
Regatta is a UK success story, which exports to more than 40 countries around the world, but, while the business has seen phenomenal growth and has successful track record in attracting new talent, some employees were choosing to leave due to a perception of limited career progression opportunities.
To tackle this issue, Instep developed a series of four workshops called ‘Rising Stars’ – aimed at developing presentation skills, improving the ability to negotiate and influence, assertiveness, time and task management, and project management.
Beryl Shaw, Client Manager at Instep, said: “There will always be some element of staff churn in any business but Regatta wanted to proactively tackle the issue in an innovative manner.
By implementing a training programme which identifies talent and supports employees seeking to rise through the ranks, this churn can be minimised – and businesses can hold onto the stars of the future.”
The programme of monthly workshops was launched to all participants and their managers, and at the end of the process, a final presentation was arranged, where everyone was able to share key learning’s from along the way.
The final results were striking. The people who took part, were more confident about their own abilities and more aware of other areas of the business their actions impacted on. They were also better able to produce a structured presentation, and felt better equipped and supported to participate fully in meetings.
Because managers were included in the process, there was also increased awareness, right across the business, about the importance of developing internal talent.