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7 Most Common Reasons Why Employees Leave A Company

7 Most Common Reasons Why Employees Leave A Company

A steady, well-trained workforce is one of the many keys to a successful business. It’s always a significant loss when company time and resources are invested in an employee who then leaves prematurely. Some employees quit due to health problems or some other unavoidable reason; however, most leave of their own accord and many of these departures can be avoided. This is especially important if isolated incidents turn into an exodus.

In many cases, it is the working environment rather than low pay that prompts an employee to leave. Fortunately, a simple analysis may explain why employees are “voting with their feet” and choosing to leave a business. By talking openly with current and former employees, recruiters, managers and business owners can discover the reasons behind unhappiness and why people choose to leave. They can then work to rectify an unhappy working environment. Here are seven of the most common reasons why employees leave a company:

1. An inflexible schedule can be very problematic for an employee.

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    Employers and supervisors sometimes forget that employees have lives outside of the workplace and fail to offer or even consider a flexible schedule. A stringent, five-day, forty-hour working week leaves little time for conducting business outside of the business. Increasing hours Monday through Thursday so employees work four ten-hour days then have a long weekend each weekend, is one way some employers are addressing this problem.

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    Another option is to hire two people to share the role. Employers gain in having a broader perspective brought to the position, and the workload can be expanded. Telecommuting is also becoming highly favored in the workplace as more people take advantage of better technology. Productivity is increased and employees may schedule their own workday and week.

    2. Management may be causing problems rather than solving them.

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        Surprisingly, sometimes an employee advanced to management is a poor manager. A manager may also have poor habits, such as being too attached to his or her email, smartphone, or computer. Inattention to employee needs can cause an employee to leave out of frustration. Managers who are too busy or too distracted to listen to employee concerns are definitely a problem that needs to be addressed.

        A manager who cannot be bothered to assist employees, or who sloughs off their responsibilities, or who blames others for departmental problems is giving off warning signs of extremely poor management. Perhaps, even, the manager is failing to challenge his or her employees, or sets goals that are unrealistic or are all talk and no action. These are also indicators of a bad manager.

        3. Opportunities to advance are not available to talented and gifted employees.

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          Upward mobility is important to every employee and career stagnation can bring those dreams to a grinding halt. There is more to working than a paycheck. Of course, pay is a big motivator, but it is not a major motivator. People like to feel that they are being challenged or that they are the “go-to” person to resolve particular problems. No one likes to feel they are replaceable or mere cogs in a larger mechanism.

          Non-existent training programs or work delegations often contribute to this problem. Performance evaluations that are specific to work development may assist in stemming an employee exodus. If an employee knows where and how improvement can be implemented, the employee will likely choose to stay over searching for a new position.

          4. Employers sometimes devalue their workers, creating a hostile work environment.

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            Employees who do not feel valued or respected in the workplace will leave. It is simply an issue that employees do not and will not endure to stay in a workplace. Disrespect in the workplace causes a significant reduction in productivity as well. As the working relationship is dissolved, expensive high employee turnover is the result.

            Part of the work ethic, discipline, and enjoyment of work is derived from being a known and valued employee. A lack of appreciative respect on the part of the employer reflects poorly to potential customers and in the market as well. In other words, new and returning customers take note of this and will begin to wonder: If employees are derided, is the customer possibly undervalued as well?

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            5. Management has failed to provide proper support to employees.

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                Employees may begin to feel taken advantage of when support is lacking in the workplace. Perhaps, in order to cut costs, the employer has a single employee working in the role of two or even three people. Or an employee spends a great amount of his or her time on tasks outside his or her job description, such as copying, stuffing envelopes, or other unrelated clerical duties.

                Another example of lack of support is requiring the employee to ‘fill-in’ for other important roles. Inexperience quickly leads to frustration as the new tasks go undone or are so demanding that the role the person was hired for goes unfulfilled. A lack of support feeds into an employee’s feelings of disrespect, further causing the employee to feel alienated and ultimately leave the company.

                6. An out-of-date policy may cause an employee to walk.

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                  A failure to address employee concerns in a timely manner leads to overwhelming frustration. Problems can and should be addressed quickly and soundly. Another frustrating aspect is that the employee may find themselves constantly addressing a problem that could easily be solved with updated policy. Policies that address the conduct of teamwork, supervisor-employee relationships, access to social media in the workplace, or the length of time it may take to resolve an issue are all examples of this. Policies that are outdated, or compliance and implementation procedures that seem to take forever, can often encourage an employee to look elsewhere for employment.

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                  7. A shift in core values can cause an employee to quit.

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                    A change in the central core values of a company often has a negative effect on an employee. The employee may find that his or her personal values are now incongruent with those of the company. An employee may find that the value change is not something he or she had signed on for when choosing to work there. Rather than compromise, very often the employee will simply leave.

                    An example of a core value shift may be witnessed at a political scale. Health plans that protect women are now federally mandated, and private organizations are finding themselves at odds with the sweeping change. Companies are choosing to ‘walk away’ from the mandate by suing and refusing to implement the new policy.

                    Have you ever found a working environment so bad you felt you had to leave? Have you ever had your complaints to management heard and successfully redressed? What do you find intolerable in the workplace? Let us know in the comments below.

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                    How to Sharpen Your Transferable Skills For a Swift Career Switch

                    How to Sharpen Your Transferable Skills For a Swift Career Switch

                    Most people grow up with dreams to go to college and graduate with high-paying job offers waiting for them the week after graduation. Others may favor non-traditional career paths. But the desire is the same: to find a job we love where compensation is commensurate with experience.

                    However, plans change. For instance, what started out as a dream to be a surgeon is cut short by a nasty injury and you’re debating how to transition into a new role. Or you might be facing being let go from your current employer and are anxious about “options out there.”

                    Whatever the case may be, switching careers can be intentional or unintentional. What matters is that you’re well-prepared, and the only way to do so is to learn new skills — hone in on your transferable skills.

                    Why Hone in on Your Transferable Skills?

                    There are several reasons you need to develop these skills if you want to go far in life and your career. In a nutshell, honing in your your transferable skills can lead to:

                    Better Job Offers

                    Continuous assessment and improvement of your skills widens the pool of job offers for you to make selections from. You’re no longer tethered to one industry as you’re able to lead your career by design, not by default.

                    People with transferable skills on a resume also open up opportunities for more potential employers.

                    Increase in Pay and More Responsibilities

                    You’ve heard the saying “with great power come great responsibility.” In your case, transferable skills make you more marketable to employers which could lead to pay raises.

                    Although this isn’t an automatic process– you have to be proactive about what you want in the marketplace, there is a chance that these pay raises will come with change in titles and roles.

                    A Shot at Entrepreneurship

                    Yes, changing career paths also includes the possibility of working for yourself. With these skills and work experience, you could live anywhere in the world and design a life and career you want.

                    We’ve talked about why you need to strengthen your transferable skills but what are some these skills, and how can you work on them?

                    13 Tips to Sharpen Your Transferable Skills

                    1. Update Your Resume

                    You might be surprised to know this but yes, updating your resume is a skill. The very first thing you should do while thinking about switching careers is to highlight attributes that make you very desirable candidate to employers.

                    Think about your volunteer experiences, freelance projects, and school projects. Although they might seem insignificant, they demonstrate your ability to deliver results that several companies are looking for.

                    While you might have held several positions since college, switching careers will require you to have a different type of resume.

                    There are three different types of resumes: functional, chronological, and a combination resume. However, if you are looking to switch careers you’ll want to have a functional resume. A functional resume is strengths-based that emphasizes skills that are transferable rather than a collection of dates and job titles.

                    2. Brush up on Your Communication Skills

                    Every attempt to get ahead in business and in life starts with the need to communicate effectively. Whether it is interpersonal, intercultural, or multi-generational, the ability to be seen and heard while respecting the boundaries of work relationship matters.

                    That’s why it’s one of the top skills you need to master. Strong communication skills allows you to effectively tailor your messages to specific audiences, which will make you a stronger asset to any organization.

                    To hone this skill:

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                    Pay attention to your listening skills. To communicate effectively, you need to first learn how to understand others.

                    Your ability to decode overt and implied messages, no matter how nuanced they are, is key to knowing how to foster deep relationships with others.

                    This article can also give you effective ways to enhance your communication skills:

                    How to Master Effective Communication Skills at Work and Home

                    3. Learn Technical (or Business) Writing

                    Another form of communication, writing, is a skill that can take you anywhere.

                    Companies communicate a lot through written memos, emails, newsletters, and other audio-visual means. But at the crux of this all is someone or some people who are tasked with translating the organization’s vision into statements anyone can understand.

                    To hone this skill:

                    Consider taking some free or paid classes online. You can accomplish this through several community colleges or online platforms like Lynda, Udemy or edX .

                    4. Practice Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

                    No matter how intelligent you are, no one will take you seriously if you’re unable to pull off a decent level of persuasion through presentation skills.

                    Most presentation can be done through either electronic devices or require your physical presence. Your chosen career may require you to be in front of several hundreds of people or you could be charged with developing materials for presentation.

                    To hone this skill:

                    Volunteer to lead projects that give you some responsibility for putting together presentations.

                    Also, try taking courses that will improve your public speaking skills if you feel lacking.

                    These tips on public speaking would be helpful too:

                    The Ultimate Public Speaking Tips to Hook and Impress Any Audience

                    5. Get Comfortable with Identifying Problems and Solutions

                    Every organization has got its problems no matter how greener the grass is on the other side.

                    How to hone this skill:

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                    Practice being resourceful.

                    Do you know where to find every company policy on the intranet in less than five minutes?

                    Think about a time you noticed some inefficiency at work and proposed a solution. Think about instances where you lent your voice to a cause which resulted in improved processes for your department.

                    No matter how small or inadequate you might feel, you’ve got some problem-solving skills that some organizations want.

                    If you look for more ways to improve your problem solving skills, take a look at this article:

                    6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

                    6. Recognize Your Team-Building Ability

                    Your ability to smoothly switch careers also depends on how well you can energize your team, especially if you’re aiming for a leadership role. Unfortunately, team-building usually isn’t something you learn on the job in most careers unless you hold a managerial position.

                    The good thing is that you possibly know one or two things about team-building. Think back to moments in college when you had group projects with colleagues and had to work with 3 to 4 other strangers for months. Were you able to get past your differences and disagreements to focus on the uniqueness of everyone at the table?

                    Making a career switch might require that you work with multidisciplinary teams whether you have a deep knowledge of what the other team does or not. I can easily think of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and social workers working closely to achieve the goals in a patient’s care plan.

                    How to hone this skill:

                    Look for collaborative projects and team building activities that excite you and challenge yourself with new possibilities.

                    Try some of these tactics to keep your team motivated as well:

                    17 Proven Tactics for Motivating Employees and Building a Stronger Team

                    7. Lean into Your Leadership Skills

                    Although similar to the previous point, leadership skills extend far beyond building teams, managing time sheets and correcting behavior.

                    What I’m referring to here is your ability to develop a vision, believe in it, and inspire buy-in from everyone involved. This isn’t about knowing how to run a particular machine; it’s about how to lead a team of people with various backgrounds, experiences, and ideas of how things should be done.

                    How to hone this skill:

                    Although more complex than the rest, it all starts with an introspective look into your strengths and weaknesses. Then get a mentor or a coach who can bring out your leadership qualities so you can operate from a place of strength.

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                    Learn more about the effective leadership types here:

                    5 Types of Leadership that Help You Build a High Performance Team

                    8. Improve Your Analytical Skills

                    Are you good at taking large amount of data and interpreting them? Your skills could come in handy.

                    Organizations are looking for people to make sense of the data around them, explain how it affects profitability, and make projections based on it. Best of all? You don’t need to be an accountant to be analytical.

                    How to hone this skill:

                    Try taking data interpretation classes online or at a community college. Learning Microsoft Excel or Access is also a plus. If you’re ambitious enough, you could consider getting additional certifications to up the ante.

                    Take a look at these ways to help sharpen your analytical skills:

                    What Are Analytical Skills and How to Strengthen Them For Success

                    9. Don’t Discount Your Time Management and Prioritization Skills

                    How good are you when it comes to deciding how important tasks are, organizing schedules, and coordinating plans?

                    Should you be willing, there is a market waiting for you out there. Organizations and busy executives are always looking for talented individuals to outsource these tasks to.

                    How to hone this skill:

                    Although not everyone possesses secretarial superpowers, you can improve this skill by focusing on taking huge tasks and breaking them into smaller goals or steps in order to achieve a bigger goal.

                    Here, you can learn to prioritize to achieve more:

                    The Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life

                    10. Embrace Your Creative and Critical Thinking Side

                    Although it’s often believed that creativity is for the arts and right-brained people, I believe everyone is capable of being creative. In fact, most organizations recognize creativity as a vehicle that will drive successful inventions in the future.

                    How to hone this skill:

                    Try doing something fun. As simple as this sounds, you’d be surprised to learn how much. In fact, behavioral and learning scientist, Marily Oppezzo, says taking a walk might be all you need to get your creative juices flowing.[1]

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                    Anyone can be creative, you just need the right way to train your brain:

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                    11. Don’t Stop Learning Tech Knowledge and Skills

                    Being tech-savvy is a huge plus. If you have an affinity with computers, software applications and are abreast of technological improvements, it is a transferable skill that is worth highlighting.

                    You don’t have to be a young college graduate with silicon valley dreams to work

                    How to hone this skill:

                    All you need is the determination and the readiness to learn. This article will give you some ideas on the types of skills to learn:

                    How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                    12. Build Networks and Relationships

                    You aren’t free from networking. Not at the moment. With your goal to switch to a different career, your networking skills will come in handy.

                    Fortunately for you, networking doesn’t have to be so hard.

                    How to hone this skill:

                    Attend conferences and job fairs. Chances are you already have people in your network you can move you closer to your dream career.

                    To enhance your networking skills, take these steps:

                    How to Network So You’ll Get Way Ahead in Your Professional Life

                    Final Thoughts

                    Although there are several people with the same qualification and degree(s) you possess, what ultimately determines hireability comes down to a myriad of things such as culture fit, how teachable you are, cultural sensitivity, inter-generational awareness, and your ability to navigate uncertainty.

                    You have a chance to stand out by letting your dream companies know how these soft skills make you an invaluable asset, and how saying ‘YES’ to you is a win-win for both parties.

                    Happy career switching!

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