No matter how great your company is, people are going to leave it. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the general belief is it’s because someone is unhappy or isn’t a good culture fit.
New research shows that’s not always the case.
According to our 2016 Market Survey, happy tech employees are turning in their two weeks notice, too. Twenty-four percent of participants reported that they were dissatisfied or highly dissatisfied at work—but 40% of total participants said it was “likely” or “very likely” they’d leave their company this year. Even if every unhappy employee said adios, that leaves a significant portion of the satisfied workforce that’s planning to leave as well.
“Attrition is to be expected in any organization,” Ben Weber, Greythorn’s Managing Director, explains. “But when happy employees report they are planning to leave, it’s time to take a closer look at why that may be happening.”
So we asked survey participants: why did you leave your last job? The top reasons cited were career development (23%) and more challenging work (13%).
Managers may be scratching their heads, as those are both career goals that can be attained within the company. But according to Weber, that isn’t always communicated well to staff.
“Often, organizations offer paths for career development, and most managers would be happy to provide staff with more challenging work if they knew it was desired,” he said. “In at least some of the scenarios, the breakdown is occurring because of a lack of communication about opportunities within the company. Managers need to address these issues candidly and most importantly, proactively. Show valued staff that the grass is not always greener on the other side. By the very nature of opening up these types of conversations, you are giving you and your employee the opportunity to share information. This is a much better outcome than a surprise resignation notice.”
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