Employees choose to leave their jobs for many different reasons, sometimes it’s as simple as choosing to stay at home with their children, or preferring a change in career, but other times they leave because they feel they aren’t being properly supported in their life choices, or because they don’t wish to stay with their employers anymore.
Any element of an employee’s current workplace, the environment, the culture, the employee’s own perception of their job and potential opportunities, are all under the control and influence of the employer.
The best way to prevent your employees leaving for any negative reasons is to stay in touch with how they’re feeling about their workplace, their happiness at work, their need to be challenged in their work lives, if they feel they belong in their community at work. If you stay in touch with each of your employees, you may be able to catch any negative feelings or situations that may involve an employee before any unideal actions are taken.
Your employees should feel that they are listened to, that their bosses aren’t taking them for granted, and their ideas aren’t being snuffed out before they have a chance to come to fruition. The processes of your company should support every employee in their development, both in their careers and in their lives outside of work.
If you feel that perhaps your organisation isn’t making enough of an effort to keep the positivity levels in your workplace up, perhaps holding interviews with your employees to recognise why they do stay under your care, and asking what you can do for them to keep them in your employ, may be a good course of action. The reason an employee wants to leave could be something rectifiable; they could be looking to go back to studying, but feel that they wouldn’t be supported by the huge change in their schedule. These potential happenings are things an employer must consider, and then consider how to best deal with.
It’s unlikely that an outside opportunity will simply drop into someone’s lap without them actively looking for it, and if they are looking elsewhere, they may not feel that their job with you fulfils them. Finding the best ways to fulfil your employees’ needs is how you keep them for longer periods of time.
One of the main reasons an employee leaves is due to upsetting situations or negative relationships with their employers and/or co-workers. This especially effects young employees, who are usually highly employable, and fresh out of education. You don’t need to be friends with your employees, but it is your duty to respect them, and ensure they are being respected by the rest of your workforce. Pay attention to rumours, and act before it becomes an issue. Provide feedback that positively reinforces your employees, and let them know, often, that they are appreciated.
Dale Carnegie offers great tips and courses on properly motivating your employees, retaining good relationships, and being approachable to keep communication open.