Causes of high employee turnover

Written by Mairead Simons

When looking at reasons behind high employee turnover, there are many contributing factors to look at. Within all companies, we have to allow for a number of employee resignations and terminations, as regardless of how brilliant your company is, it will not work for every individual. However, when looking at companies with huge numbers of employees leaving, it’s a good idea to look at the bigger picture and look at what areas could be improved to keep turnover low.

Below are some of the main causes of high employee turnover:

  1. A lack of recognition in the workplace. Reward and recognition are key to employee satisfaction, with employees who feel they are appreciated being more likely to stay in roles for lengthy periods. Perks and bonuses are one-way of recognising great work however sometimes it is a simple ‘thank you’ which is warranted and helps employees feel they are doing a worthwhile job.
  2. Company culture. Your working environment and culture have a strong impact on job satisfaction, so companies that lack a sense of unity and culture may find a higher rate of employee turnover.
  3. Lack of flexibility. Although some companies find the standard 9-5 in the office still works, for many places of work they will find it is time to adapt to a more flexible approach to decrease employee turnover. With remote working widely implemented, companies will need to change with the times to retain staff.
  4. Benefits package and uncompetitive salaries. In the current market, staying up to date with the market rates for the roles within your company is more important than ever. Salary is one thing, and keeping your salaries competitive is highly important, but a generous benefits package can be just as important when taking a role into consideration. Companies with low employee turnover often have private healthcare and great holiday entitlements.
  5. A lack of direction for employees. Employees are much more likely to stay in a role where they feel they are moving forward and developing. Offering training and promotional opportunities are really important and will contribute significantly to reducing employee turnover.

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