Are you sicking of watching your employees stroll out through the revolving door? Is it time to remove the door’s rotating feature? Or better still install a normal door, which only opens and closes when you want?
Read on to learn why your employees keep leaving and how to stop them.
A 2014 survey by Career Builder found that 41% of people are unhappy with their current working conditions and 21% are actively seeking a career change in the next 12 months.
So what is the reason for such high levels of dissatisfaction among the workforce?
Of course, there could be any number of reasons why over a fifth of workers are seeking new employment. This could range from pay, to location, to disillusions over promotion and advancement.
I’ve spent hours trawling forums, social media, and expert studies searching for the most common complaints employees give when leaving a job. I’ve managed to boil it down to the three most common reasons your employees keep leaving.
Poor Working Relationships
The good news (or bad news, if you have no time but lots of cash) is that money is rarely the answer. Very few people leave a job because they are financially unhappy (though some can be motivated to stay if pay is increased).
54% of satisfied workers say that the main reason they love their job is that they liked the people they work with. Generally, it has been proven that good, strong working relationships can eclipse poor pay, high stress levels and even mundane work.
How Do You Combat This?
There are many reasons why working relationships could be strained, however, it’s probable you simply employed the wrong person. Whilst interviewing, try to take everything about the employee into account. They might be brilliantly qualified, exceptionally hardworking and dedicated to their work, however, they may be dreadful at working in a team. If your business relies on all your employees working together, then that talented recluse is not the employee for you.
If you notice that relationships among co-workers seem strained, there might be cause to intervene if problems become disruptive to the working environment.
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No Advancement Opportunities
Employees are most likely to cite uninspiring advancement opportunities as their main reason for leaving current employment. People like to be challenged. If you are offering no chance to upskill, then you’re going to find your employees becoming bored. It won’t be long until boredom becomes job-hunting and your workers will be out of the door quicker than you can shout “promotion”.
How Do You Combat This?
You could offer employees opportunities to better themselves and expand on their skills. Not only will this result in better employees for you, it will mean your staff are happier and probably more loyal to you company. Everybody wins.
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A good relationship between a manager and their employees is paramount. This doesn’t mean you should invite everyone from work to the pub every Friday night to bond over a few pints of larger and a couple of packets of crisps, but there does need to be a comfortable rapport between the employee and employer.
Many things make a bad boss, however, the three biggest gripes of unhappy employees are:
- Not giving feedback.
This is unheard of in a world where 79% of employees expect instant feedback.
- Not recognising the achievements of your workers.
Ignoring the efforts of your employees is a sure-fire way to lose them. 80% of employees say that recognition is a powerful motivator when it comes to their work.
- Taking credit for your employee’s work.
There’s only one thing worse than not recognising someone’s work and that is taking credit for that work yourself. If you’re impressed by the work, be impressed by the worker. Always give credit where credit is due.
How Do You Combat This?
You could start by providing direction, feedback and praise to your employees. You could organise one-to-one meetings once or twice a year to ensure that everyone feels that they are a vital part of the team. Turn the workplace into a nurturing environment, where all staff are encouraged to share their ideas.
It is proven that the more included an employee feels in the workings of a business, the more loyal they are likely to be to your company. Provide motivation for your employees, by letting them in on company targets and set clear, achievable goals for them. 87% of motivated staff will stay in their job.