Top 5 Reasons Why Employees Leave For Greener Pastures

When employees keep leaving, it's not only bad for the bottom line and brand PR, but it can also mean that aspects of the organisation’s culture need to be addressed.

Top 5 Reasons Why Employees Leave For Greener Pastures

If your top talent is walking out the door, then this article is for you. We touch on the top 5 reasons why employees leave for greener pastures. You can then take appropriate actions to decrease employer turnover.

Not only is it bad for the bottom line and brand PR, but it can also mean that aspects of the organisation’s culture need to be addressed.

Top Reasons Why Employees Leave

1. Strained Relationship With Their Manager

According to a study conducted by Career Junction, around one-third of employees in South Africa have resigned from their job because of their manager, citing a bad relationship as the cause. This trend is not uncommon. As the saying goes, “People do not leave a job, they leave a boss”.

The study by Career Junction revealed that the following can help to improve the relationship between the two:

  • Provide a clear job description
  • Provide clear performance indicators
  • Provide specific feedback about the employee’s work
  • Create a Learning and Development programme
  • Have one-on-one meetings

If you find that the employee turnover in a particular department or team is unusually high, turn to the manager heading it. Have a discussion about their leadership methods, implement the points above, and schedule training to help them improve their skills.

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2. No Room For Career Growth

One of the top reasons why employees leave is due to the lack of opportunities for career growth in an organisation. They may have an amazing boss but ultimately, they want to progress in their career. If they find themselves doing the same work over and over again, with no growth opportunities, they are more likely to resign.

You can deal with such cases by encouraging your employees to talk about their career goals and how you can help them progress.

3. Lack Of Recognition

Human beings are not machines. If we are working hard or overtime, we would like to receive some kind of recognition for our efforts, whether it is a verbal or monetary recognition.

According to the Career Junction study, more than one-third of managers asked employees to work overtime without pay, 30% refused to offer them a salary increase and 25% did not approve their leave.

The above types of behaviour from managers show a lack of recognition for their employees’ hard work. As a result, employees are more likely to resign.

Here are some tips to help you show your employees that you value them and that you recognize the hard work that they are doing:

  • Offer them a monetary bonus if their performance has been exceptional – you need to encourage them to keep performing well. Do not take good performance for granted.
  • If the organisation is unable to provide a monetary bonus, give your employees regular gift cards as a token of appreciation for their hard work.
  • If the above 2 options are not possible, offer them a verbal recognition for their efforts.
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4. Lack Of Engagement Between Co-Workers

An employee spends on average 40 hours a week in the office in South Africa. If a person is unable to engage with co-workers, they may feel isolated and this is a major reason why employees leave an organisation.

To remedy this, set up standards for inclusion in your workforce. Encourage teams to bond through team building activities and sessions, managers should have an open-door policy for people to talk to them without having to set up a formal meeting, and in general, employees should be kept in the loop about the goings-on in the business.

While many people are now working remotely and missing the face to face interaction in the workplace, you can organise regular virtual lunches or coffees. It’s also a good idea to have daily meetings where people speak to one another over a call rather than engage over email.

5. Wrong Culture Fit

Sometimes, one of the reasons why employees leave is because due to culture fit. This occurs when the organisation’s values and beliefs or the working environment do not align well with those of the individual in question.

For instance, if the working environment is extremely collaborative, it may not be the best culture fit for someone who enjoys working on their own rather.

To avoid hiring employees who will not be a good cultural fit for your organisation, you need to come up with a well-thought-out job description that will attract the right candidates. Also, ensure that your company values are published on your website and are reflected in the messaging and branding that the world sees.

Decrease Workforce Turnover

Understanding Why Employees Exit Is Crucial For Organisation Success

High workforce turnover is often a sign that certain things within the organisation need to be addressed. If left unattended, the company may earn the reputation for not holding onto or doing enough to support its all-star talent. In turn, this can make the task of recruiting even more difficult.