Why Good Employees Quit
Few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door. Yet, when I speak with CEO’s and managers, they tend to blame their turnover problems on everything EXCEPT the main cause. You’ve heard it: people don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.
10 worst things that managers do that send good people packing.
1. They Overwork People
It’s as if they are being punished for great performance and, it can cause them to be less productive.
2. They Don’t Recognize Contributions and Reward Good Work
Don’t skip the pat on the back. Being acknowledged for good work is the #1 motivator for people – especially high performers.
3. They Don’t Care about Their Employees
When the boss doesn’t care about them, good employees won’t feel a need to be loyal and stay.
4. They are overcritical and pick on everyone’s work
When the boss storms out and makes a fuss over someone (anyone’s) work, it creates an unpleasant atmosphere that good workers want to get away from …… and they can easily find another job.
5. They Don’t Honor Their Commitments
Good employees will feel betrayed and forgotten when they’ve been told something and it never happens.
6. They Hire and Promote the Wrong People
Good, hard-working employees feel cheated when non-performers are not held accountable or worse, are promoted. They want to work with like-minded professionals. It’s an insult.
7. They Don’t Let People Follow Their Passions
Being forced to work on projects that don’t really interest them can reduce productivity and job satisfaction.
8. They Don’t Develop Their Skills
Give them feedback. Put them in situations where they can learn something new.
9. They Don’t Encourage Guilt-Free Vacations
Too many managers don’t give themselves or their people permission to take time off…really off.
10. They Fail to Challenge People Intellectually
Challenge them with “stretch” goals. Help them succeed. They will thrive!
“If you want your best people to stay, you need to think carefully about how you treat them. While good employees are as tough as nails, their talent gives them an abundance of options. You need to make them want to work for you.” Dr. Travis Bradberry
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