A happy little thought on a Friday: Your best staff are probably looking to leave.
The Great Recession has been tough on careers, assuming you have been able to maintain yours among the layoffs. There is pent-up 'departure demand', workers who have delayed advancing in their fields either by choice or by circumstances.
In other words, your best staff are probably working on exit strategies. The moment the job climate improves and they see an opportunity, they are going to take it.
Are your going to save your response until your most talented staff starts to defect, or are things you can do preemptively to keep the wanderlust to a minimum?
Will increased present costs (if any), save you costs, both financial and opportunity, in the future?