Employee Engagement: 6 Reasons your Key Employees Will Quit

Employee engagement is vital if you want to retain your key employees. So you need to make sure that you maximise your company’s employee engagement to ensure that all employees are committed to your company’s goals and values, and motivated to contribute to organisational success.

It is important that your employees are able to enhance their own sense of well-being and you should know what the key motivators are for people to disengage, quit their jobs and look for new employment.

Although it is rare for people nowadays to stay in the same career, let alone the same job, for the entirety of their adult life, that doesn’t mean you can ignore employee engagement.

It is not uncommon for employees to leave their jobs at companies and go in search of new opportunities and part of a successful employee engagement strategy is to understand why they might quit.

However, you need to recognise that employees will quit their jobs for a variety of reasons, and each person usually has their own personal motivation for leaving and there could be some subtle factors at play.

Here are some of the main reasons:

#1 They want a career change

Some may be genuinely unhappy in their current job because they’ve made the wrong career choice and wish to pursue a different career altogether, and for this reason they may quit.

#2 They feel undervalued

A large number of employees feel undervalued and unappreciated when they are at work, regardless of what profession or industry that they are working in, and they may leave to go to another job where they feel that their work and input is more valued.

#3 They have been offered a better opportunity

Some employees may just quit because they were offered a better opportunity elsewhere, or because they can get a different job where the salary is higher. Money isn’t everything in this world, but being offered a much larger pay packet by a rival company is a tempting offer that many employees will take up.

#4 Lack of career prospects

Some people may feel frustrated in their current role, and may feel like they are being denied the opportunity for promotion and career advancement. An employee that feels that they are not being allowed to develop and progress within their career at one particular company may well seek out a different, more senior position at another company.

#5 Too rigid a work structure

Employees can also become frustrated by too rigid a work structure. Flexitime and home working are becoming increasingly popular ways to work, and some may look elsewhere for employment if their current employer is not willing to be at least a little flexible on working arrangements.

#6 Too much is expected of them

Workers that are pushed too hard and are expected to put in extra hours every day or at weekends can feel that they are being pushed to the edge, and may choose to settle for a job that does not demand such punishing hours and gives them a better work/life balance.

Ultimately, there are just so many different reasons why an employee may quit their job, and for those companies looking at measuring their levels of employee engagement, it is important to consider how your work environment affects employees and consider whether any of the issues mentioned in this article could be present in your workplace. By doing this, you can address any potential problems and resolve them before you find people walking out of the door.

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