Top Reasons Your Employees Quit Their Jobs

September 5, 2013 | 3,593 views

Why Employees Quit Jobs

Why Employees Quit Jobs

Did you have an employee quit today? Have you hired someone recently, only to receive an unexpected resignation letter a couple of months later? In 2013, where workers are conditioned to continually look for the next best opportunity, it’s almost inevitable for any type of business to lose their employees, leaving most managers scratching their heads.


There are many reasons why your employees could be quitting their jobs. Maybe it is long hours, extreme workload, lack of advancement, or even boredom. When you, as a manager, have no idea which staff members are planning to seek employment elsewhere, you owe it to your business to create a better work environment for your employees. ScheduleBase is providing you with a few areas you need to pay special attention to in order to avoid another mysterious envelope on your desk tomorrow morning and an open office down the hall.


A Frustrating Work Environment

What is your office environment like for your new employees? Nothing is more annoying for a new hire than not being able to be effective within a short period of time. Little things like computer accounts that don’t work, software failing to operate, not having the proper equipment to work with, not having a key to enter and leave work premises, and so on, leave a negative feeling from the start.


Lack of Shadowing or Mentoring

When you hire a new staff member, assign a person to show your new employee the ropes. It is crucial for a newbie to become familiar with the people they will be working with. Nothing is more boring than being given a stack of documents to read on the first day of a job, or VHS tape after VHS tape of 1990’s training videos to sift through without laughing. Instead, give new employees the opportunity of feeling useful as soon as possible by giving them tasks with guidance and assurance from a fellow co-worker on day one.


Not Motivated

If high-functioning employees are bored by their job or if they think they have learned everything they feel they can when employed, they will stray for greener pastures. Managers of many small businesses sometimes make the mistake of looking for potential employees who have “been there, and done that” in relation to the position they are trying to fill. But if a prospective employee already knows the job like the back of his or her hand, boredom may be imminent. It’s important to have some elements of a position that an employee can aspire to, so they can keep learning on the job and continue to make a significant impact to your organization.


Lackluster Orientation or Onboarding Effort

The impression your business makes from the very first day on the job really matters in terms of employee retention. Before employers can even begin to think about putting a new hire to work, it’s essential an effective orientation is given to help adapt the employee to his or her new position. We’ve seen far too many small businesses give new hires an abbreviated “orientation” program that’s simply boring, non-motivating and near useless. You can’t just give an employee new hire paperwork, show him or her what needs to be done, buy lunch and expect the person to be successful. Take the time now to show your new employee everything he or she needs to know about the job with adequate ramp up time, otherwise the exit door will be open before you know it.


No Coaching or Feedback from Managers

Many managers have no clue on how to help employees improve their performance. In addition, many managers put off giving feedback to employees even though they instinctively know that giving and getting honest feedback is essential for growth and in building successful teams and organizations. Your role as a small business manager is to help your people find the right behavior, not just tell them what to do and expect results.


Lack of Focus on Job Duties

Many employees are hired by small businesses already spread thin at the employee level and end up with a complete lack of focus with their job duties. In addition, some companies that are growing at rapid levels never emphasize organization or stability and new staff members can become frustrated very quickly. Here’s your chance, as a manager, to take a look at your small business and decide whether or not there is a lack of focus and how it may be impacting your current employees. Are job duties and instructions clear? Are staff members guessing every day as to what needs to be accomplished? Nip this in the bud immediately before a lack of focus turns into a lack of employees within your workplace.


About ScheduleBase

ScheduleBase is online employee scheduling software from Atlas Business Solutions, the leader in providing employee scheduling software. In little to no time, businesses can schedule employees online and communicate work schedules by email, text message and mobile device. Put your scheduling online and save time and money, while offering your employees easier access to their schedules and an effective communication tool for you and them.

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