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6 reasons why people are leaving your organisation and how to fix it

There are so many reasons why people leave their jobs; family commitments, a move away, a completely new career direction.

 However, what about those people who leave their jobs because they are unhappy with their current role? Those people who love what they do and want to keep doing it but are just unhappy in an organisation? Studies have shown that most of the time, good people leave organisations because of the employment culture environment.

 Here we take a look at six reasons why employees leave a company and how you can stop it from happening if you want to keep your best people.

 BAD MANAGEMENT

The saying goes that people don’t leave companies, they leave bad managers. And it’s true. The curse of bad management has resulted in some shocking statistics. For example, a recent survey showed that a massive 69% of managers felt uncomfortable, or unable to communicate with their employees in any way.

Bad management leads to low morale. And low morale can mean the difference between success and failure for any business. In today’s market, there’s simply no place for managers who rule by intimidation and fear tactics.

Leaders understand that the culture of a company is directly connected to its productivity. They know that employees need to be respected and happy in the workplace if they are to achieve their goals.

True leaders are born communicators. They have no interest in publicly asserting their authority and when difficult situations arise, they’re not afraid to discuss them.

A 2015 study highlighted the importance of communication between maganer and employee. It found that staff are more engaged when their managers hold regular meetings with them, reply to messages with 24 hours and take an interest in their lives outside of the office.

 NO PROGRESSION OR DIRECTION

 True leaders create a vision for their business and make their decisions with the future in mind. They give themselves and their employees something to strive for, so that together they can create something to be proud of.

Make sure your people are challenged, try to understand what they’re passionate about and use that to your business advantage.

They need to feel relevant, they need to feel like they are contributing something and that this is recognised.

If you’re fire-fighting problems and treading water week on week, then get back to basics. Re-visit your company vision and keep it fresh in your mind. This will help you to future-proof your business and deal with challenges seamlessly.

 LACK OF TRUST

There’s nothing worse for an employee than coping with the feeling of instability day in and day out at work. Financial problems, high staff turnover, mergers – these can all contribute to an employees office based anxiety. In today’s financial climate, so many employees are dealing with pay freezes, redundancies and their places of work going into administration. Hiding things from them will only serve to make people wary of you.

Trust is so important when it comes to the employer-employee relationship. It’s critical that you be open and honest with your team. Tell them your plans and ask for their input. They’re more likely to stay with you if they know that you value their opinions.

COMPANY CULTURE

Take a look at your company culture. Is it engaging? Would you want to work there if you weren’t the boss?

If you’re more about frowning when your staff leave the office on time and get annoyed when they don’t work a 60 hour week, perhaps a change in the way you think is in order.

People like a management structure that doesn’t hide behind closed doors. That’s accessible and open to discussing problems when they arise.

Think about how to reward you staff. Recognise that work-life balance is important and respect that. Wheat benefits are there when working for you? Pensions, bonuses, social events – these all count towards creating a company culture that makes people choose you as an employer and stay with you.

 

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Mark Gill

By Mark Gill

Recruitment Director with a proven record of providing world class hires at all levels of office and management positions within the Leeds Bradford region. We use our unique Headway Recruitment Platform incorporating psychometric testing to find the top candidates. If you want access to the full local talent pool get in contact with the team at Headway. We help companies achieve growth through our unique approach. This ensures the candidates we place are the perfect fit. Companies are then best placed to get the best from each individual as they understand their motivating traits. Proud to be recognised as preferred supplier for several businesses in the Sunday Times top 100 firms to work for.
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