Understanding how to identify key employees
in a team or organization is vital for several reasons.
For starters, if you want to grow or reconfigure your team, you need to know which employees are essential to maintain standards, processes, and client relationships. The value of a company is often linked to the performance of its best people. By gauging their influence, you can better plan for their absence – whether that's temporary or permanent.
Meanwhile, if you want to maintain or improve performance, you need to know how to spot and retain your company's most valuable performers (MVPs). These are the team members integral to the short and long-term operational success of a business.
If there's an apparent over-reliance on certain employees, you'll want to negotiate with them directly to keep them happy, engaged, and in place, rather than risk losing them to a competitor.
So, how do you pinpoint the cream of the crop? And what exactly are you looking for? In short, a key employee has a unique mix of personality
, and output
— and here, we break it all down.In this article:
- What do we mean by a "key employee"?
- How do you identify talented employees in your business?
- The traits key employees share and why they matter