Why Good Employees Quit

It is incredible how we hear business owners complain about their best employees leaving them and they really do have something to complain about – few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out your door.

The sad thing is that this can easily be avoided. All that is required is a new perspective and some extra effort on the business owner’s part. You may have falling into this trap before, yet, we can become better seeing the flaws we initially had.

  1. Business owners overwork people: Could this be true? Majority of us as business owners fall into this web! Nothing burns good employees out quite like overcrowding and overworking them. It makes them feel as if they are being punished for great performance. Overworking employees is also counterproductive. If you must increase how much work your talented employees are doing, you’d better increase their status, wages, and remuneration as well so they won’t go away if the work suffocates them. If you simply increase workload because people are talented, without changing a thing, they will seek another job that gives them what they deserve. You yourself can imagine how much you pay your employees considering the work they do for you!
  2. They don’t recognize contributions and fail to reward good work: It’s easy to underestimate of a pat on the back, hug, kiss, praise, accolades etc especially with top performers who are intrinsically motivate. Everybody likes kudos, none more so than those who work hard and give their all. Business owners need to communicate with their people to find out what makes them feel good- for some, it is a raise, for others, public praise, some a sincere hug- and then to reward them for a job well done. With top performers, this will happen often if you are doing it right.
  3. Business owners don’t care about their employees: More than half of people who leave their jobs do so because of their relationship with their boss. Smart companies make certain their managers know how to balance being professional with being human. These are the bosses who celebrate an employee’s success, emphatise with those going through hard times and challenge people even when it hurts! Bosses who fail to really care will always have high turnover rates. It is impossible to work for someone 8hrs a day when they aren’t personally involved and don’t care about anything other than your profit, production yields, business at the expense of their welfare.
  4. They don’t honour their commitments: Making promises to people, places you on the fine line that lies between making them very happy and watching them very happy walk out the door. When you uphold a commitment, you grow in the eyes of your employees because you proof yourself to be trustworthy and honourable. But when you disregard your commitment, you come across as slimmy, uncaring and disrespectful. Afterall, if the boss doesnt honour his or her commitments, why should everyone else? Why should all employees stay then? Why should you still be in business? And
  5. Business owners hire and promote the wrong people: I hate this with great passion! Good, hardworking employees want to work with like-minded professionals. When business owners don’t do the hard work of getting good people, it is a major demotivator for those stuck working alongside them and promoting wrong people is even worse. Some tend to promote, praise applaud those who are professionals in eye service becos they are too far to monitor how each and everyone is doing with them. We sure have professional eye service practitioners in all spheres and we need to really identify them so we won’t be busy promoting wrong people! We promoting wrong people is killing and killing our business, no wonder good, talented people leave!

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