Say Goodbye: This is Why We Quit
By Maren Hogan
It was the best of managers, it was the worst of managers…
No, it’s not the start of the most boring Dickensian fanfic ever, it’s the tale of the disappearing employee. Whether you’re the world’s coolest boss or someone who conjures up Office Space in the minds of his employees…you’ve had someone quit. About one-third of new hires quit their job within 6 months, which can be alarming.
Sometimes the signs are obvious: he was never on time, she was disengaged and unhappy, he didn’t get along well with coworkers, she just couldn’t do the job. But sometimes the signs are less obvious: she never spoke up in meetings, he asked for a raise he didn’t get, she wanted something more than the job could give. In fact, 33% of employees knew whether they would stay with their company long term after their first week.
But it doesn’t have to be a guessing game, for coworkers or managers, if you build a feedback loop with your employees and analyze what are the most common reason for employees leaving…they may surprise you!
They’re totally stressed out.
Is your workplace making your employees sick? It’s possible. Around 33% of people feel they are living with extreme stress. Most companies don’t spend the time they should training and onboarding new employees or asking them if they’re even remotely happy in the position. If your onboarding process stops after taking them to lunch on their first day at work, you should ensure that stress isn’t eating your workforce alive.
Say Bye! If new employees are unprepared for the work you have waiting for them, they will be stressed. Combat this with…drum roll please…a better onboarding and training process. Onboarding especially can begin before you even send the offer letter, by being honest during the interview and hiring process. If the job you are hiring for is hard, say so. If many people find their skills are not up to the task, be honest about that and start using assessments to see if your candidates are right for the job. And take a look at how you can better prepare quality candidates for working at your company. Instead of checking up on them every day for a week, set up weekly touches to make sure they’re handling the stress.
Your employees never see their families.
Does your company subscribe to the work hard philosophy while conveniently forgetting the play hard part? 38% of employees have reported missing life events because of a bad work-life balance. Today’s employees want to see their families, focus on their friends and pursue a life that doesn’t include spreadsheets and WPM. If new employees realize they may never leave the cubicle confines of your office, their risk of leaving in the first few months is sky-high.
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