When you hear your prized employees make any of these statements, don’t shrug and walk away. Address their concerns and show interest in keeping them on board.
“This job isn’t what I thought it would be.” That’s a telltale sign someone’s thinking of bailing out. Rather than exploring what the employee was originally told or trying to defend past miscommunication, focus on the present. Ask, “How do you want your job to be?”
“I’m at a plateau. I can’t grow here.” Consider that statement a plea for stimulation. Give the employee new responsibilities, cross-training opportunities or exposure to influential executives and other high-powered mentors.
“I don’t get any feedback from my boss.” Most employees crave input. They want to know how the top brass perceives them and to what extent their work is valued. If they’re left in the dark, they may jump ship.
“This place has too much politics.” While you can’t wave a magic wand and rid your workplace of intrigue, you can encourage open communication and level with employees. If someone complains of politics, take steps to address rumors head-on, treat everyone fairly (no favorites!) and recognize excellence