To have exceptional success in business, you need to have exceptional employees. However, hiring them is only half the battle.

Unfortunately, it's the easiest for A-players to find another opportunity, and they'll be the most motivated to find the best job possible. It's no small wonder that more than one in five employees are searching for greener pastures in 2017.

The good news? Most of the slip-ups made by bosses that motivate rock stars to leave are completely avoidable.

End these common mistakes if you want your top talent to stick around (or start looking for another job if you're dealing with them):

1) They overwork the best ones.
"We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you." - Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay

If you have good people, do not burn them out. As tempting as it might be, you need to avoid over-utilizing your top performers. It is not fair that because a person is twice as good that they work twice as much (and often for the same pay).

They will notice, and they will feel undervalued, mistreated and as if they are being punished for performing. Not to mention, the quality of their work is likely to plummet as well - a Stanford study shows that once a work week exceeds fifty hours, your productivity per hour decreases drastically… more