Top Performers

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT RESEARCH

How to help them. How to keep them.

Other companies are always looking to lure away your top performers. Top performers are contacted with other employment opportunities on average 4.3 times per year, and 88% of them will reply to the contact.

In a blind, multi-national study, Qualtrics performed an employee engagement survey of 800 recently promoted employees with outstanding performance reviews what makes them happy, what makes them work, and what makes them stay.

Section 1

Top performer engagement

Consumer Packaged Goods, Tech, and Media are the industries most likely to give their Top Performers career development opportunities.


Question

How dedicated is your employer to giving you development opportunities to advance your career?

Top performers frequently meet with their managers.


Question

How often do you have a formal meeting with just you and your manager to discuss work needs?

70%

0%

Meet at least
weekly by industry

Technology

Construction

Real estate

Consumer packaged goods

Manufacturing

Retail

Scientific services

Media and entertainment

Finance and insurance

Professional services

Hospitality, food, travel

Transportation

Educational services

Healthcare

Qualtrics Employee Experience management platform helps companies reduce unwanted attrition, improve the employer’s employee engagement, develop top performers, and build strong teams. To read more original Qualtrics research like this, please visit our Research Center.

Top Performers see value in meeting with managers


Question

What percent of interactions with your manager result in you learning something valuable?

74% of top performers say their manager effectively helps them advance their career


Question

Top performers that say manager helps advance their career by industry

100%

0%

By industry

Scientific services

Transportation

Technology

Media and entertainment

Professional services

Consumer packaged goods

Construction

Manufacturing

Finance and insurance

Hospitality, food, travel

Real estate

Educational services

Retail

Healthcare

Section 2

Top performer retention

Top performing men are slightly more likely than top performing women to be able tell their manager what they think about work issues most of the time.


PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

30%

EMPLOYEE 360 REVIEWS

30%

Question

How helpful has feedback from your performance reviews & 360 employee feedback been to your career advancement?

Performance reviews help top performers know where to improve


Question

Why are regular performance reviews helpful?

360 employee feedback highlights where to improve, what's going well and miscommunications


Question

Why is 360 employee feedback helpful?

30% 30% 30%

Qualtrics Employee Experience management platform helps companies reduce unwanted attrition, improve the employer’s employee engagement, develop top performers, and build strong teams. To read more original Qualtrics research like this, please visit our Research Center.