Employees leave their jobs for many reasons; they move cities, they seek new career opportunities or maybe go through a life changing event. Regardless of which one, these reasons can’t be addressed by you as an employer as they are beyond your control.
Having said that, it’s important to recognise there are equally just as many reasons why employees choose to leave their job that you as an employer can have great influence over. In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review (https://hbr.org/2019/09/8-things-leaders-do-that-make-employees-quit) , Jon Christiansen explored the 8 mistakes that many leaders do which can push an employee over the edge. These mistakes are:
Mistake 1: Setting inconsistent goals or expectations.
Mistake 2: Having too many process constraints.
Mistake 3: Wasting your resources.
Mistake 4: Putting people in the wrong roles.
Mistake 5: Assigning boring, or overly easy, tasks.
Mistake 6: Failing to create a psychologically safe culture.
Mistake 7: Creating a work environment that is too safe.
Mistake 8: Leading with bias.
If you want a business filled with enthusiastic, ambitious and loyal employees motivated to perform, it is now more important than ever to be aware of the potential pitfalls which can be detrimental to your employee retention. A strong committed team delivers a strong sustainable business.
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