How to avoid employee turnover and improve productivity

Employee turnover

We often hear managers complaining that their best employees are leaving, when they really have nothing to complain about. Employee turnover can be extremely costly and disruptive for any business. Managers will always find any excuse to explain employee turnover and why their employees are leaving.

Today, young professionals feel empowered and are prepared to leave their job to find that job and career they love. They are not afraid to hop from one job to another until they find the right fit and work environment.

The ideal work environment is where employees are thrilled and excited to show up for work every day. Sadly, research has shown that the majority of employees feel disengaged in the workplace. What this means is that the majority of a company’s workforce are watching the clock until clock out time.

To understand why there is high employee turnover, you need to understand what management is doing wrong. Here are few ideas that can be avoided and all that is needed is a new perspective and some extra effort on the manager’s part.

  • Overworking employees
  • Unable to recognize employee contributions and rewarding good work.
  • Not encouraging employees to feel connected and engaged with the company culture.
  • Lack of empathy or caring for employees.
  • Not honoring promises and commitments.
  • Hiring incorrectly and promoting the wrong people.
  • Not allowing employees to follow and pursue their passions.
  • Failure to encourage and develop employee skills.
  • Not encouraging or recognizing employee creativity.
  • Inability to challenge employees intellectually so that they feel motivated.

While understanding what is being done wrong there are also a few things to prevent current employees from searching for a new job:

  • Provide job security and growth opportunities for employees.
  • Make sure that your employees are having fun and feeling productive.
  • Pay employees what they deserve so that they don’t feel underpaid.
  • Focus and give more attention to employee health and wellbeing.
  • Improve communication so that all employees are on the same page.
  • Manage employee career paths so that they feel they have a long-term career within your organization.
  • Make sure employees understand their purpose in your organization and job description.
  • Strive to find better ways to facilitate engagement instead of money.
  • Put yourself in the shoes of your employee to better understand someone else job, role and responsibilities.
  • Give praise when it due and deserved for good work on a regular basis.

In summary, to avoid employee turnover, managers need to think carefully about how they treat and interact with their employees.

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