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Friday, June 14, 2013

The Secret Lives of Employees at Your Workplace

By Jessica Miller-Merrell

If a candidate applying is a buying decision, than a newbie employee’s first day is their wedding day as they say “I do.” This critical moment is important in the retention and engagement of that employee. Even so, newbie employees often seek greener pastures when other job offers come through. New employees, tenured employees and experienced employees play the employment dating field throughout their time with you.

Statistics tells us that employees playing the field can be as high as 80% as they test the waters submitting applications and interviewing for jobs at any time. There’s really not much job monogamy these days, and it’s up to the employers to figure out why. The statistics are even higher when working on entry level and hourly jobs. In retail a newer employee is ready to jump ship at the sign of the smallest increase in pay. In order to understand the reasoning behind job seekers quick departure from a job it’s necessary to understand what impacts their decision to start looking for employment elsewhere.

I have come up with four different reasons that play a crucial role in employee turnover and the lack of job monogamy in the workplace:

Morale: One of the biggest reasons an employee doesn’t want to stay with a current employer is the perceived morale. There are a multitude of reasons why morale in the workplace is low such as leadership not serving as exemplars, no accountability, lack of career planning, and overall cohesion between departments within an office.

Effectiveness of Co-workers: Let’s face it, if you’re the only employee in the organization that comes in day after day and puts in 110% there is lifecycle to how long you can do this without being burnt out. When co-workers don’t show great work ethic it can tear away the foundation of good co-workers. When someone is paid the same as another and one does the majority of the work, it’s frustrating and you’ll end up losing the good employees.

They’re Bored. Most employers don’t see this as a problem, but for the self-motivated and ambitious co-worker that always wants the next big challenge, boredom can be the root cause of them leaving your company. If there is no room for growth or challenges you’ll see all your high-performing workers leave in packs for companies who are more innovative and career-focused.

Poorly Managed: A bad boss can make an employee miserable. Even if your staff is dedicated and loves their job it takes one bad manager to spoil the good employees. Uncomfortable work environments are a main reason employees may consider leaving.

The cost of turnover can be extreme and can sometimes put smaller businesses out of business. Creating a culture of loyalty and understanding issues within the workplace is one of the most effective ways to reduce the amount of turnover in your office and cuts down on those jumping ship for minor reasons. Take a look at the top reasons employees leave and make sure you have a plan in place to fix similar issues within your organization.

The best preemptive approach is that you know them better as candidates, though!

Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR is a workplace and technology strategist specializing in social media. She’s an author who writes at Blogging4Jobs. You can follow her on Twitter @blogging4jobs

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