One out of three employees changes jobs annually. Companies that recruit poorly tend to train poorly as well. Training is not a one shot enterprise, but an on-going investment to reinforce and advance skills and attitudes. Employers often get caught up in a vicious cycle. They recruit poorly, then fail to allocate sufficient training resources. (“Why spend the money when they won’t be around for very long?”) Employees’ performance suffers, their satisfaction level is low, and they leave giving the employer the opportunity to start the cycle again. Employers ought to treat employees as an investment rather than an expense.
Reasonable people will accomplish a reasonable amount in a reasonable time period. But, you cannot put ten quarts of water into a five-quart container. There is nothing wrong with shifting work from former employees to those who remain. Our capacity to produce will sometimes be enhanced as we take on more responsibilities. But there is a limit. Being truly overworked helps people to a lot of things poorly. It may be more productive to ask them to accomplish fewer things productively.
Poor alignment with personal and company goals
The employer has a life and a destination. And, employees have a life and a destination. If employees cannot align their job with the employer and with where they are going in their life, they will eventually seek a greener pasture. Do your employees see their position as a vehicle to get them to where they want to go in life financially, professionally, and socially or is their job an expedient trade of their time for a paycheck?
Most people leave their jobs voluntarily and the major reason is “burn out.” “Fed up! Can’t take it anymore!” Unfortunately, burn out is not an overnight event but a gradual process, sometimes lasting months and years, during which time, productivity and commitment diminish. Burn out is caused in different ways but has a lot to do with items 1-4 above. Many employers fail to look for signs of burn out and if they are not cognizant of the problem there will be no opportunity to prevent, respond, or rectify.
Author: Gina Hutchings
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