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Nonhlanhla Mngomezulu, Martine Challenor, Elias Munapo ORCID logo, Pfano Mashau ORCID logo, Christopher Tarisayi Chikandiwa ORCID logo


Retention of talented workforce is the most crucial issue business sectors are faced with today as a result of brain drain.Talent has become the driving force for business success. Most employees leave due to lack of professional challenges, having received little or no recognition, and the absence of career growth and development. The purpose of this study is to determine the impact recognition has on retention of talented workforce in the workplace. A total of 70 questionnaires were distributed to employees in different job categories. The study revealed that management can apply numerous approaches to retain good talent. Moreover, it is vital for managers to bear in mind that these approaches might have dissimilar effects on different individuals. This study also answered some of the most critical issues the business sector is faced with, such as employee retention due to the shortage of skilled labour and failure to recognize good work done. The findings reflect that reward, passion, recognition, motivation, and effective talent management are some of the factors business leaders have to address in order to minimize voluntary turnover and retain good talent in the workplace.

Key Words: Talent, Human Resources, Employee Motivation and Retention

How to cite this paper: Mngomezulu, N., Challenor, M., Munapo, E., Mashau, P., & Chikandiwa, C. T. (2015). The impact of recognition on retention of good talent in the workforce. Journal of Governance and Regulation, 4(4-3), 372-379.