With such a pivotal change in the market we’re finding a lot more job hoppers verses employees that hold tenure. In the 80’s and 90’s, the average number of jobs held by an individual during their career span was 1 to 5. Nowadays, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those numbers have increased to 10 to 20.
We all know that economic factors play a significant role in the job market but even with the economy improving we haven’t seen a decrease in those numbers. Two years is the average span for today’s worker to stay with one company.
When talking with my candidates, I have found several common elements on why they are looking to make a change. You would think that money would be a motivating factor to actively seek employment elsewhere, but that hasn’t exactly been the case from my experience. Most of the professionals I speak with are unhappy with the leadership, management and/or work environment of their organization.
So this leads me to the question; do employees leave companies or do they leave managers?
Is poor leadership and/or management a cause for this job hopping epidemic that we are seeing today?
1. Management – Some people work very well independently and don’t need to be micro-managed, but when you’re an independent thinker, understand what it takes to get the job done, nothing is worse than having a manager hovering over you every 5 minutes and questioning your work. That basically means that there is no trust between the employee and the manager. This will cause a decrease in morale for the worker.
As managers, it is very important to be able to identify the areas of strengths and weaknesses among their employees. This way you can delegate the team accordingly to synthesize and achieve successful end-results, while affirming each member that their strength was an attribute to the project.
2. Lack of Recognition & Appreciation – Lets’ face it. We all need to hear positive affirmations from time to time. It makes us feel good; it gives us a sense of validation, that someone appreciates an aspect about you. With that being said, it’s the same feeling in the workplace when you hear your boss say, “Good job” or decides to recognize your hard work and effort during a company meeting or awards ceremony.
3. Negative Work Environment – Nothing is worse than dreading to go to work everyday. When you leave for the day, you feel as if a vampire has literally sucked the life out of you. The negative impact can have tremendous effects on one’s personal life.
A negative work environment is caused by poor leadership. Another factor that influences this is poor communication or broken down communication between departments. Once negativity enters the workplace it begins to shift the culture of the organization and create disgruntle employees, which in return will affect overall production.
4. Work-life Balance – Without balance we fall. So with that being said, everyone needs to have a work life and personal life balance. If not, you’ll begin to resent your employer and can easily fall into a depression. Employees that work for a company that allows them flexibility, such as; extra vacation time, flexible work hours, incentives to earn time off and the ability to work from home, have proven to improve morale, increase production and have a low turn-over rate among employees.
5. No Growth Potential – Some people are absolutely okay with being stagnate in a position but others aren’t. It’s probably safe to say that most workers want to advance and be able to meet their fullest potential. Those are the individuals that would most likely leave an organization, especially if they feel their growth is stunted. Companies that promote within and offer bonuses have a tendency to retain their employees. This displays commitment and investment towards their workers. In addition, a company that offers continuing education, training and development programs have an increase in employee retention.
These compelling factors that I have mention are enough to motivate one to actively seek a new job. It also should remind us that money isn’t everything but our sanity is. We will spend over half of our lifetime working, so lets’ make it the best possible experience until our last day, when our retirement begins.