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4 reasons employees leave

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One of the most sinking feelings a manager gets is when a good, solid performer utters these words: “I’m going to have to give you my two-weeks’ notice.”

And the truth is, many of them leave for one of these four reasons—all preventable:

1. Money. Employees have financial obligations—rent, mortgage, car payments, student loans, etc.,—and if they feel they could earn more pay elsewhere, you’ll lose them. A company wage freeze is one thing, but if it’s in your power to grant or fight for a pay boost, then do so.

2. Management. They say employees don’t leave jobs; they leave bad bosses. If you’re not treating employees fairly, don’t recognize their efforts or have a general disconnect with them, they’ll find another job elsewhere.

3. No future. Employees need to see that their work not only matters, but what they do is a gateway to advancement in the company. Most workers won’t tolerate an un­­in­­spir­ing, dead-end job for too long.

4. Too much work. A burned-out employee starts to contemplate a job change. Pile on the work at your own peril.

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