This is a guest post by Eric Czerwonka of Buddy Punch.
Ever wonder why good employees leave?
Employees can quit their job for any number of reasons, like moving away or changing careers. Most of the time, a departure is the result of an accumulation of different problems –all of which have added up, and compounded, leaving them with no choice but to start looking elsewhere for a job.
In most cases, employees often leave due to circumstances or occurrences that are entirely preventable. In fact, in most cases, there are warning signs that an employee is going to leave, even if they’re easy to overlook.
While there’s no way to reduce employee turnover to zero percent, there is a lot that you can do to boost workplace morale and help to ensure that the workplace is one where your team can thrive and grow. Having a positive workplace environment will help to improve employee engagement and retention.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at one of the main reasons that employees suddenly leave, to help you combat employee turnover and keep your good employees longer.
Why do employees leave? Poor Management
People leave managers, not companies.
According to a Gallup poll of more one million employed U.S. workers, the number reason people quit their jobs is a bad boss or immediate supervisor. Some 75 percent of workers who voluntarily left their jobs did so because of their bosses; not the position itself.
Regardless of how great the position is, or how well-paid the employees are, if your management isn’t as it should be, your employees will soon be looking for another job. If you are looking to retain workers, then you should start by investing in your management.
Poor management practices lead to problems
Not having a good management system in place can cause unnecessary stress on your employees. If there is additional stress that isn’t being dealt with and not going anywhere, your employees will be looking for the quickest exit possible, even if that means walking off the job.
While you don’t have to constantly dish out compliments, it’s important to express your sincere appreciation and gratitude to your employees.
Don’t think it makes a difference?
Consider this: 76 percent of employees who do not feel valued are looking for other job opportunities. That’s significant! Employees who feel valued perform better and are less likely to abandon ship.
Lack of Communication
When your managers aren’t communicating, there will be chaos within the company. A lack of communication is not only frustrating, but it can also be dangerous and stressful.
No one likes to work in a place with no direction, and if your manager isn’t stepping up to lead then no one will know what’s expected of them. This can cause frustration among employees and lead to unneeded tension and stress.
A good manager not only understands their team, they also are in tune with their needs and abilities. They are able to recognize when an employee is feeling run down or overworked and can take efforts to help ensure that a good employee stays around.
Having the right time management tools also make it easy for you to offer your team flexible hours, or even the ability to work from home once or twice a week, something that most employees will appreciate, and both of which can go a long way toward helping them to find a work-life balance, and boosting morale.
It’s no wonder that employees who feel that management is lacking are quick to leave. If you are finding your employee turnover rate is higher than it should be, you might take a minute to look at your management and see if there are areas that can be improved to make a better work environment for your employees.
How do you work to reduce employee turnover?