It’s interesting that the most popular article I have ever written on this site is the one How to Resign. Here we are trying to help people find work and yet the main information visitors to our website are after is a quick and easy template for a resignation letter!
It became clear that we at Jobhunters HQ needed to find out the main reasons employees leave companies, and perhaps by doing that we can help both employers who are losing talented staff, and the number of people who end up having to search for new jobs.
1 – Job not as expected
This is the number one reason that employee’s leave according to our research both off and online. Make sure as an employer that you outline the job that you are hiring for in a realistic manner!
2- Job is not interesting, challenging or a good fit
Make sure as an employer that you hire the right person for the job, not just someone that can probably do the job. This is people’s lives that you are dealing with! It needs to be a good fit.
3 – Little or No Feedback/Coaching
As an employer you should give constant feedback to your team, not just some of them ( or your senior staff ). The others probably won’t pass it on, so either do it yourself or make sure that your team leaders do!
4 – Little or no hope for career growth
How about a little bit of hope for something better in the future? A career path? Many HR departments will be jumping up and down saying, yes we ask all our managers to work with their staff and help them with their career path but, seriously, is this happening? As it’s number four on the list we doubt it!
5- Not feeling valued or appreciated
Ever wanted a pat on the back for a job well done and not received it? Notice how quick management is to jump onto something when things aren’t going right, yet when things are going well often no one is recognised or praised for their hard work. Ask yourself as an employer which of your staff get all the recognition, and which get little or none at all?
6 – Feeling overworked and stressed
Work/life balance is something that can be tough to maintain at the best of times, let alone when you are working to deadlines and have your boss breathing down your neck (normally because his or her boss is breathing down their neck!) Remember this – if you are letting your employees become stressed out and feel overworked it is one of the main reasons they leave – so do this at your own risk!
7 – Lack of confidence and/or trust in leaders
Leaders sometimes need to remember that without their team they would be nothing! Think about that for a while and it becomes clear that leaders could well spend more of their time serving and looking after their staff, rather than treating them like inferior beings.
8- Management demands that one person do the jobs of two or more people
With redundancies and workplace cost reduction commonplace, this can often result in longer days and weekend work. If you can get the same type of job somewhere else and only have to do the work of one person why wouldn’t you leave?
9 – Management puts a freeze on raises and promotions, when an employee can easily find a job earning 20-30 percent more somewhere else.
Its hard to stomach getting little or no pay rises year after year, when other companies are doing and paying well!
10 – Communication
One of the reasons staff leave is because of little or inadequate communication from above. The more an employer gets down in the trenches and communicates with their staff the more empowered their staff will be.
Ironically, money doesn’t even rate in the top ten reasons why staff leave, yet employers often cite financial renumeration as the biggest hurdle they face when trying to retain staff.
The reasons are clear for those that want to listen, however will those that need to listen, hear?