Leading and engaging employees is a key focus of the advice we provide at HR Staff n’ Stuff, but it’s been a while since we’ve talked about keeping them. Staff attrition is really important because it’s getting harder and harder to find quality employees, and we know there’s always another talent shortage on the horizon. So…
THE TOP 5 REASONS.....
Communication problems: There are two issues that arise with communication. The first is that managers don’t communicate enough, and the second is that they don’t adapt their communication style to suit the recipient’s preferred method. To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, the biggest problem with communication is the illusion it has taken place.
Unhappiness: Occasionally, it’s difficult for people to pinpoint a specific reason why they want to quit. They’re simply unhappy. However, three common origins of workplace unhappiness include: (1) the neglect of employees’ talents, (2) incongruence between an employee’s values and the companies, and (3) a lack of challenges and interesting work.
Incompatibility: Sometimes, two people just aren’t meant to work together, but usually it’s more a case of managers not investing the time to build a relationship with their employees. This is despite research by Gallup showing that when employees have a close relationship with their boss, they are 2.5 times more likely to have high job satisfaction.
Emotional abuse: If a manager’s moods are unstable, employees view this unpredictability as too effortful and draining. If work colleagues are catty and bad-tempered, amiable workers get fed up and leave, thinking it’s not worth the stress. Or, as is increasingly the case, there could be a workplace bully in the team making work unbearable.
Financial problems: If an employee resigns to go elsewhere for a pay rise of less than 20 per cent, chances are they’re not really leaving for more money. They’re most probably leaving for other reasons (one of the above), and that little bit of extra cash is just a bonus. Studies show that employees desire fair compensation, rather than the highest.
- J. Paul Getty
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