4 Reasons Good Employees Quit
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You have just hired a new employee. They are great, smart, driven and excited to be a part of your business. You are delighted to have them on board. However, a few months later, they tender their resignation and quit. This is a frustrating situation and not uncommon…30% of job seekers quit their job within the first three months.
You have spent so much time recruiting them, training them and helping them grow in their role. So when they leave your company, it can feel like a personal betrayal. But the truth is, good employees sometimes have to quit, even though they love their jobs. Here are four possible reasons why this might be the case:
Their work-life balance is out of balance
Before the pandemic, it’s fair to say that the culture of hustle and bustle dominated the workplace. Our society glorified super-hard work at the expense of work-life balance, and people were proud of their “grindset” – that you must keep improving your professional, social, and financial life.
As covid has brought the world into constant lockdown for the past two years, many people have since taken the time to rethink their relationship with work and life. One of the most notable changes to the workplace during covid has been remote working. Working from home has inspired many workers to consider flexibility when looking for a job or assessing their current job satisfaction. Such a mindset persists as pandemic life recedes, and the desire to work remotely is one of the main causes of the “big quit” that has taken place since last year.
Many people realize that work should be part of their life, but not the main thing, so they start quitting jobs that drain their time and energy and don’t offer them a reasonable work-life balance. They seek positions that will give them the time and flexibility to pursue the other important things in life, such as family, travel and hobbies. After all, a good work-life balance is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing burnout.
Either way, when an employee’s work-life balance starts to deteriorate, it’s a sign that something needs to change, and it could mean they need to quit their job.
They are no longer disputed
We have all been there. You start a new job and are full of enthusiasm and energy. But after a few months, the shine begins to fade. The work is no longer difficult and you find yourself doing the same thing every day. Good employees don’t just sit around and wait for things to change, they take action, like taking on new projects or assignments, getting promoted, or attending training and development sessions. When they see that their current position no longer offers them the challenge of staying engaged, they start looking for new opportunities.
It’s not that they’re lazy or ungrateful, but they understand that a job isn’t meant to be a lifetime commitment. It is intended to provide a certain level of challenge and stimulation; when it’s gone, there’s no reason to stay.
They don’t get paid what they’re worth
Nearly 70% of respondents in a Paychex study said low pay is the main reason they left or would leave a job. This is a startling statistic, indicating that good employees leave their jobs because they are not paid enough.
In many cases, a lack of communication between employees and employers is the main reason why this happens. Employees may feel uncomfortable discussing their salary expectations with their boss, or they may simply not be aware of the going rate for their position. When their hard work goes unnoticed, or they don’t get their due credit or reward, they will feel undervalued and unappreciated and therefore seek other opportunities.
The bottom line is that employers need to do a better job of communicating with their employees about compensation. Otherwise, they risk losing good workers to other companies who are willing to pay them what they are worth.
Even if your employees are happy with their pay and job benefits, they can still leave your company if they have to work with bad managers. This is not surprising considering the amount of stress that comes with working for an incompetent manager. A dastardly manager can make even the most exciting jobs become a drag. Temperamental, indifferent, or abusive bosses can quickly turn a dream job into a nightmare.
Mismanagement can also take the form of micromanagement, constantly tracking every little thing and questioning decisions. This lack of trust can lead good employees to seek opportunities elsewhere. Even when employees manage to stick around, they often become disengaged and unproductive.
Losing a good employee is never easy, but it’s something all business owners have to deal with at some point. The key is to try to understand why they are leaving, so you can prevent it from happening again in the future. Keep these four reasons in mind the next time one of your good employees postpones their leave—you may be able to change your mind!
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