This is how you are making good employees leave your company
Does it happen quite often that you are in the middle of building a team and your best resource leave? If yes, then there’s a serious problem lurking around your team.
Employees leaving quickly could mean that your team will never reach the success you’ve planned out for your business. And the question that needs to be answered here is ‘Why do employees leave a company?’ What is it that companies are doing wrong because of which they are not able to sustain good employees?
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While it has become a popular statement that employees don’t leave a company, they leave manager there is no single reason that justifies why good employees leave their company. Being a manager for more than half a decade now, I have observed the situation quite closely. Based on those observations, I’ve figured out certain reasons that compel good employees to leave a company.
Let us have a look at them one by one -
1. Driving them crazy with unnecessary rules
You need to lay some ground rules for the employees to follow in the organization. There’s no denying this fact. But there is a thin line between creating rules that are necessary, and the ones that are a cause of nuisance for the employees.
For instance, an overzealous attendance policy or shortsighted attempts at creating order within the team — all these can really cause the employees to give a second thought to working for your company. Setting rules is important, but like I’ve said creating a work atmosphere where employees feel they are constantly under the eye of Big Brother can do more damage than good to your team building dreams.
2. Not recognizing their contribution
Even small gestures like a pat on the back from manager can motivate the employees to go out of their comfort zone and do more for the business. But seldom do managers realize this fact. Throughout my career, I’ve listened to people stating no recognition at work as the number one reason why they made the switch.
The tried and tested formula of praising in public and criticizing in person fits perfectly here. If you as a manager want to inspire the team to stick with your business for long, then recognizing their contribution and applauding them for their achievement is must.
3. Promoting the wrong people
Every team has its weak link. But strong teams know which are those weak links and they don’t let them become the cause of failure. This is where a manager’s role become so important. A good manager is the best judge of a team member’s skills and capabilities. He is the one person who assigns the work.
The problem here is that if the manager promotes the wrong people for the job, the employees are going to feel neglected. It’s like working hard day and night for the promotion, which is offered to someone else. This is one of the most common, and the biggest reasons why good employees leave an organization.
4. Neglecting their personal growth
Giving promotion to the wrong employee is one thing, but not letting the employee pursue their passion is something that irritates them. Passionate people like to try out new ways to become more productive. They are always on the lookout for opportunities to contribute better towards the company’s growth, and at the same time grow at their personal level as well.
But there are organizations that don’t give these employees the freedom to be innovative. They try to confine them in a 8”X8” workstation. But that’s not how groundbreaking things are done. And this is the reason why passionate employees say goodbye to those organizations.
There could be many other reasons that make employees leave an organization. It is the duty of a manager to make sure that each team member feels valued and is appreciated for their contribution. Also, it is important for them to not just ensure that the business grows, but the team members also grow along with that.
If you want to have a team that thrives and takes your company to newer heights of success, then you must pay heed to getting the problems mentioned above solved. In case you cannot, then the chances of your company having a great team become quite slim.
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Vartika Kashyap currently runs the marketing team at ProofHub — a project management software for teams of all sizes. She is a seasoned marketing professional who is an expert in digital marketing and entrepreneurship. She’s been featured among LinkedIn’s Top Voices for the year 2016. Connect with Vartika on LinkedIn, Medium and Twitter.
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Originally published at LinkedIn.com