From my years of experience as a consultant, I have identified a “Top Ten” list of reasons for employee turnover:
1. Management demands that one person do the jobs of two or more people, resulting in longer days and weekend work.
2. Management cuts back on administrative help, forcing professional workers to use their time copying, stapling, collating, filing, and other clerical duties destroying job satisfaction.
3. Management puts a freeze on raises and promotions, when an employee can find a job paying 20 to 30 percent more somewhere else.
4. Management does not allow the rank and file to make decisions or allow them pride of ownership. A visitor to my website e-mailed me a message that said, “Forget about the “professional” decisions—how about when you can’t even select the company’s holiday card without the president rejecting it for one of his own taste?”
5. Management constantly reorganizes, shuffles people around, and changes direction constantly.
6. Management does not have or take the time to clarify goals and decisions. Therefore, it rejects work after it has been completed, damaging the morale and esteem of those who prepared it.
7. Management shows favoritism and gives some workers better offices, promotions, trips to conferences, etc.
8. Management relocates the offices, forcing employees to quit or double their commute.
9. Management promotes someone to supervisor who lacks training and/or necessary experience, alienating staff and forcing good employees to quit.
10. Management fails to deal with poor performers causing greater conflict and stress while at the same time preaching teamwork and cooperation.
Interesting, isn’t it that all ten factors begin with the phrase “Management.”
Interesting, too, is just how many of these high employee turnover factors are preventable. My employee retention survey confirmed the truth of the saying, “Employees don’t quit their companies, they quit their bosses.” Thirty-five percent of the respondents answered yes to the question, “Was the attitude of your direct supervisor/manager the primary factor in your quitting a previous job?”
Which of these reasons have you seen the most often?
Greg Smith | Lead Navigator | 770-860-9464 | Chart Your Course International