Chris Ostoich has written an interesting article for Fast Company regarding how to retain talented employees using some rather unconventional approaches. Ostoich is the founder of a software company named BlackbookHR. I especially liked this point excerpted below:
Keep An Inventory Of Employees’ Skills And Interests
You may know what your employee Andy does in his job—he’s a front-end web developer and designer—but do you know he’s also a self-taught guitarist, a video editor, a painter, and has a variety of other talents? All employees have skills and interests they don’t use in their day-to-day work. If you can tap into those outside talents, you can benefit your company and better engage your employees. Make a place on your company’s intranet, in a Google doc, or anywhere people can share or search for skills. Look for opportunities to tap into this knowledge network whenever possible.