Here's why you should not be surprised when your employees leave

29 January, 2019

Here's Why You Should Not Be Surprised When Your Employees Leave

There is a saying that: employees do not leave companies, they leave their managers. However, this is true only to a certain extent. There are numerous reasons why your employees might leave - higher pay elsewhere, career progression, pursue further studies, start their own business etc.

However, there are certain patterns to why employees decide to move on from what it might seem to be the perfect employment.

Here are some of the tell-tale signs that might indicate your employees' intention to leave sooner than you think.

1. Lack of a vision

The absence of a vision makes even your most productive and optimistic worker unmotivated. If you do not provide your employees something to work and strive towards, it is almost akin to turning them away from work.

2. Inequality

If your workplace still seems to be living in the dinosaur ages in terms of its employment practice and policies, your employees are likely to quit even within the first few months. Times have changed. Nobody wants to work in an environment that is biased against gender, skin colour or even age. Your workplace needs to adapt to individual needs and allow room for diversity and flexibility. The lack of it might eventually prove too stifling for your employees.

3. Low morale

If your employees are generally unhappy within the workplace, their unhappiness will clearly resonate the minute you walk through the door. People are hostile, cynical and will find any excuse to avoid being productive at work. Eventually, people will slowly starting walking out of the office doors and not turn back.

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4. Bad managers

While most people might join a company due to better pay and career prospects, they might eventually leave due to the lack of a good relationship with their manager. Not surprisingly, an employee-manager relationship is highly correlated with employee engagement. If a manager is holding your employees back both professionally and developmentally, your employees will no doubt easily find a greener grass elsewhere.

5. Hierarchy instead of autonomy

If your company focuses too much on hierarchy instead of allowing each employee to contribute freely, this simply crushes open communication, sharing as well as critical decision-making skills amongst your employees. When your employees start to feel that they cannot even make their own basic choices and decisions, they are more than likely to quit by the dozens.

6. No recognition or reward

Everyone needs a pat on the back every now and then. At times, even a kind word or simple "Thank You" card to acknowledge your employees' effort is more than sufficient. However, if you have never thanked or acknowledged your employees' work, regardless of big or small, they are likely to feel more invisible and worthless. You might not even value their presence until they leave the organisation.

If you find yourself guilty of these behaviours, then there is hardly any surprise when your employees leave. Instead, make it a point to check in regularly with your employees to find out how they are feeling and help them to grow both professionally and personally. This can ensure that your employees feel more valued and motivated to work.