Thoughts on attracting and retaining talent

When it comes to attracting and retaining talent, there are many variables that play a part in creating and retaining high-performing teams. Things as compensation, professional growth, benefits, psychologically safe environments, life/work balance, diversity, work from home allowances, nice offices, and so many others.

But there is one “perk” that employees really care about and often gets forgotten, it is providing them with the opportunity to deliver quality and meaningful experiences to customers regularly, without having to deal with dysfunctional leadership or unclear directions.

The majority of the best Product Developers I know (I’m using Product Developers as an umbrella term to include Designers, Engineers and Product practitioners inside the same group), take the perks I mentioned before for granted, but what they really care about is using their skills to deliver valuable experiences to customers.

So, as a Hiring Manager, if you are not working with your fellow product leaders to enable your teams to deliver quality experiences, you may entice good talent to join your team, with nice perks and benefits, but they won’t last long.

Interestingly enough, there is another group of people in your company who are really interested in getting updates and improvements: your customers, who happen to pay for your product.

Sometimes as leaders, we tend to lose sight of what’s really important.

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