Let’s face it; having qualified and satisfied employees contributes to your success. You invest time and energy hiring the right person for the right job. Now that they are on board, what is your role as a leader? What type of interactions do you have, and with what frequency? Are you an engaged leader?

Joseph Cueto provides the following top four reasons why people quit their jobs:

  1. Poor reward system
    • Rewarding employees for a fantastic job can be done in a multitude of ways and by communicating with employees, bosses receive insight about what motivates their staff or what they value the most.
    • Are you consistent about acknowledging employee contributions and the value they provide?
  2. Management
    • The saying, “People don’t leave companies, they leave their managers” shows that recognition and reward coming from upper management is crucial for employees to stay continually committed.
    • Does your boss or your bosses’ boss understand how your staff contributes to the bottom line?
  3. Hiring/promotions
    • A surefire means to alienate workers is for the good ones to see undeserving employees get all the accolades and the juicy promotions.
    • Avoid playing “favorites”; link all rewards with the actions and behaviors required to meet your organizational goals.
  4. Too much work
    • When your go-to workers start to feel overwhelmed due to a heavier workload, this can cause them to burn out. Striking an effective work/life balance is important for them as well.
    • In the end, the choice of whether your employees leave or not may boil down to the kind of culture an organization has. However, it’s also about being proactive about retaining the talent that you already have.

Stay on top of workload imbalances. Some “crazy” times are to be expected, but they should not be the norm. Ask your staff how they are feeling; in most cases they will honestly let you know if they are on overload.

As leaders, we want to inspire and motivate our teams. In order to do that, you have to listen to and be responsive to their needs. You need to understand individual and team contributions, and consistently reward and celebrate successes.

Don’t be considered a “dis-engaged” leader or you may hear “I Quit” more often than you’d like!

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