7 Reasons Why Good Workers Leave

It’s no secret that at some point, employees are going to leave their job for a better opportunity. But what pushes them to the point where they want to leave and find something else? Here are a few key reasons. 

1. Lack of recognition.

One of the main reasons employees leave is because of a lack of reward or recognition for their efforts. Recognition doesn’t have to be anything major, just a simple “thank you” or “great job” will suffice.

2. Too much work, too little time.

It’s hard to know when an employee has too much on his or her plate, but too much work can burn out an employee very quickly, especially if they’re kept at the same level and position. Work will start to get stressful, and at that point, they’ll start to look for a different job where they don’t feel overwhelmed.

3. Unfair promotions.

When good employees are passed up for a promotion, it can really take a toll on their motivation. Especially if a lower-performing employee was chosen, it can cause their engagement to drop significantly. 

4. Poor management.

Think of the worst boss you’ve ever had. What did they do wrong? Many employees will leave a company if they don’t like their boss or can’t connect on a personal level with them.

5. Lack of professional development.

One of the main reasons why employees choose a certain job is because it gives them an opportunity to grow and develop their professional skills. It’s up to the managers to find new and creative ways to develop their employees, and if that’s not happening, then an employee will tune out almost immediately.

6. Lack of creative freedom.  

Having a collaborative environment where employees feel like they can share their ideas and be creative is essential to retaining talent. Employees that don’t feel like they can share ways for the department to improve are likely to take those ideas elsewhere.

7. Lack of integrity.

Employer integrity is very important to employees. If an organization fails to do what they promised, or flat out lies, it can cause employees to disengage and not believe anything else that their employer says.

If you want to reduce turnover, don't make any of the above mistakes. It can be difficult to retain talent and ensure that your top performers are happy with your organization. It's important to stay cognizant of how your employees are feeling, so that they feel valued and respected. 

Are there any areas your organization could improve upon to retain your top talent?




Katie Roth

Katie Roth has been in a leadership role in the employment industry for the majority of her career. Currently, she is Manager, Talent Acquisition for Oasis, a Paychex® Company. Katie is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is certified by both the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, and the National Association of Personnel Services, as a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC).


April 3, 2017

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