Top 10 Reasons Good Employees Really Quit
1) Below Average Wages with Unreasonable Work Demands
Employees sometimes discover they are being paid less than the salary that is standard for their particular job in their city or state.
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Aside from proper salaries, companies need to have a standard orientation program that is effective. This program needs to help employees assimilate into a company culture that is operating day to day. This provides a matrix for administering proper training to match job performance expectations. Some companies have no such programs. Unfortunately, these companies say that they do have these programs, but do not always use them.
Sometimes, "Here, do this" is all the training some employees receive.
There may be no work reviews performed and employees receive little feedback. Further, a cost-of-living raise may not even be given -- I know one company wherein after an employee reaches 60 years old, he or she is given a REDUCTION in salary of 5% per year until US Minimum Wage is reached. With the Social Security Retirement age inching up to 75 (put into place by the Reagan Administration) these people will suffer.
Management may require that one employee perform the duties of two or more people that have quit. This results in fatigue, job burnout, and loss of holidays.
All of these things can result in a higher employee turnover rate, which increases the company's costs be requiring additional hours of interviewing, hiring, and training; not to mention the lost income from these positions being left vacant.
2. Lack of Autonomy and Respect
If the boss does not allow workers to make at least some of their decisions and take pride in their work, then employees will be dissatisfied and unproductive and eventually quit or be fired.
Micromanagement is often a symptom that the boss is under-educated or insecure, not that he or she is "important." The only legitimate reason for micromanagement is in the case of a worker placed on performance probation after a stretch of poor performance and an adequate work review and retraining program put into place.
In this case, the boss needs to spot check this employee quite often to determine their progress and the success of the training and to make adjustments.
3. No Professional Development Program
The following is an extreme example of the lack of professional development that hurt the customers to such an extent that it put the company out of business:
A colleague of mine once worked for a multi-million-dollar training company that had undergone downsizing three times and finally did away with their professional development program. However, he continued to study on his own and keep himself busy with customers seeking jobs, career planning, and education that included work readiness and GED classes. This should have been viewed as a good thing, but whenever he learned a new computer program or used new software, they removed it from his computer.
One particular job duty to run statistics in Access and Excel, but the company iT person removed that software completely. When the employee learned to build WebPages and opened up a company-approved distance-learning site, they blocked much of the Internet entirely from his computer so that he could no longer run the page or help students.
They blocked job search websites from the public computer lab that was provided by grant funding to be available for job search in the community. Because they wanted to hold this one employee back, they ended up going out of business because of lack of customers and money.
4. No Opportunity for Advancement
Management can make false promises of job promotions that never happen. Other times, companies need to downsize, rather than to hire and promote. Smart, talented employees that have confidence in themselves and their abilities will give up and look for employment elsewhere.
5. Lack of Recognition
Work itself can be very rewarding to an employee, especially then coworkers and supervisors reward it with praise or tangible awards. Individual accomplishments should mean something to the company and should be pointed out in praise that will help to further increase productivity, make the employee feel appreciated, and create an example for other employees to follow, knowing that they will be rewarded.
Other Bad Situations
6. Lack of Health Benefits
Basic medical and major medical insurance for employees and dependents is skyrocketing in price to employers. In addition, as employees pass the age of 50, the cost increase is highly significant. Such medical and healthcare costs are resulting in businesses requiring employees to pay more or all of the premiums and accept less take-home pay.
Employees who cannot afford to do this will find work with companies that offer them higher levels of such benefits. Some of these other companies will also offer an onsite gym or free or reduced-rate memberships to community health and fitness clubs.
7. Health Problems and Job Burnout
Many employees work in fear of their jobs with insufficient pay and rest, but are seeing the decline of their physical and mental health. I personally know several people who are working two full-time minimum wage jobs - 80 hours a week, without benefits. It's too much. What with the problems listed already, some people are dropping out of the employee pool entirely, while others hunt for a job that won't cause them migraines and ulcers. Some psychologically enter a fugue state and disappear. See our Hub on Job Burnout.
Overwork and under-appreciation really cost American employers millions of dollars yearly in replacement and training costs, as well as in insurance fees and absenteeism. Employees are increasingly quitting their jobs rather than to get sick and possibly become permanently disabled.
Read Fast Food Nation for some extreme examples of this.
8. No Job Security
In the 21st Century, we have circumstances such as downsizing, job outsourcing, decreasing profits, increasing corporate competition, and mergers and rumors of mergers. Many more employees stay on the lookout for new jobs constantly, even if they are happy with the one they have. Many have little to no confidence in upper management long-term.
9. Bad Management Behavior
Abuse in the workplace is coming into the limelight increasingly these days because of increased awareness and workers are no longer tolerating it. Consider all of these abusive scenarios (there are lots more):
Nonexistent or unclear performance goals
In some organizations, management changes the rules everyday in order to keep employees off guard and malleable. They reorganize, switch people around, and change focus repeatedly. They then reject completed work, stomping on employee the morale and self-esteem.
Strange HR practices.
Management promotes people without proper training and experience to supervisors, demoralizing staff ala the Peter Principle (employees will rise to their level of incompetence).
Bosses impose rigid working conditions and unattainable goals and then pit different departments against one another.
Arbitrary and unannounced relocation
Sometimes management moves a company and demands employees move at their own expense and foot the increased transportation bill themselves. One fast food chain offers its managers a transfer to an obscure locale when they reach a certain salary range. Most managers cannot afford to move 3,000 miles away without relocation costs provided to they quit or are "fired" when they don't who up at the new location.
10. Transportation Expenses
This is most important right now, in 2007, with gasoline edging up toward $4.00/gallon. Increasing gasoline prices have created a pay cut for employees. Some are selling their cars and taking the bus. Some are carpooling. Others are quitting their jobs to work closer to home. Others are in a two-income family that is selling their home and planning to move to a smaller one so that one of the partners can quit the far-away job.
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© 2007 Patty Inglish MS