Workplace Turnover

I recently read an ad for a church in our area that is conducting its annual search for a pastor. If you think I’m exaggerating, I could give you some history. I will, in an effort to protect this pastor-killing church, spare you the details. It reminded me of how turnover in the workplace is often high and Why that might be. My first thought about turnover is an Apple turnover. This is not because I’m hungry. The indicator that it is done is that it is cooked on both sides. Most turnover takes place because people are normally burnt on both sides. The illustration isn’t the best in the world, but I think you get my point.

Here are my observations from the places where I have worked:

  1. Unrealistic expectations – People only have so much time in the day. Companies often expect people to eat, sleep, and breathe their work. I understand that a company hires a person to do a job, but many people sacrifice their families in order to make a living. We only have one chance with our children.
  2. Poor pay or no benefits – People are often promised the world before hire and get an inch during their tenure. Some organizations want 80 hours per week from their employees while paying them minimum wage and giving them no benefits. Due to the cost of healthcare and the desire for people to retire, they want some benefits other than just a paycheck (although paychecks are better than no paychecks).
  3. Unfair treatment in the workplace – Some employers treat some employees before than others. Jealousy and resentment build, leading to a new job search. Dirty politics can be found in most every workplace. The grass under your feet at your current place of employment may be greener than the grass elsewhere.
  4. No show of appreciation – The truth is that we all need to be validated and appreciated. Companies that show appreciation have high morale. I worked at one place that gave bonuses at Christmas, my birthday, and my work anniversary. My boss and coworkers expressed appreciation on a regular basis. I have discovered that having a good team to work with can overshadow some of the negative issues mentioned here.
  5. Poor personal work ethic – Some people want a paycheck but do not want responsibility. They go into a position knowing that they will have to take call and work some overtime because they are on salary, yet they don’t perform after hire. That is turnover that is a blessing in the long run.
  6. They are résumé builders – This is just a stepping stone while they wait for something better. This is not always a bad thing, but some employees simply exist in a place while they apply for something better.

I would love to hear what you have to add to the list.

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