Why Employees Quit: Too Many Hours

Why Employees Quit: Too Many Hours

About 33 percent of employees — or one out of every three on average — quit their jobs or make plans to quit within the first six months. This statistic may seem overwhelming for concerned hiring managers, but take a breath before you panic; as it happens, the reasons for these departures are surprisingly simple. At the very top of the list: stress. Stressed employees aren’t happy, and after about six months they have enough information and experience to accurately predict whether things will turn around on their own. If things aren’t improving and the future looks darker than the present, not brighter, they start eyeing the exits. So what can you do to help new employees adjust to their new circumstances and help stressed employees recognize a smoother path somewhere down the road? Keep these tips in mind.

It’s okay to pay your dues, but not forever.

Most employees expect and accept that any new experience presents challenges. They’re prepared to prove themselves and face the stresses that are part of any new profession, industry, or workplace. But if they can’t identify clear milestones ahead, that’s a problem. For example, if they’re carrying heavy newbie workloads, but they see more experienced counterparts carrying the same loads with no change in circumstances, no significant pay raises, and no clear gains in respect or schedule flexibility, that’s a red flag.

New employees may face a crisis of confidence.

Again, new jobs are always difficult. But while some employees grow as their experience grows, others are simply not cut out for this type of work. Those who place themselves in the second category (or who are placed there by critical supervisors) will leave. Evaluate every employee before you let them slip away. Does she simply need more patience and better training? Or is he truly hopeless in this role? Answering correctly can make or break your company.

Long hours are not appealing.

If your company culture rewards those who are all work and no play (literally), don’t expect your new employees to make long term plans with you. Short term plans, maybe. But nobody dreams of growing old in the office, never seeing their families and never having schedule flexibility or time off to live their lives. If you decide to embrace a 24-hour workplace culture in which employees abandon their lives to focus on their spreadsheets, you’ll also be embracing a future—and a brand reputation– as a revolving door.

Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Scottsdale

Give your employees room to breathe and the resources they need for growth. Stress isn’t always a deal breaker, but stress without support usually means short tenures. If your team needs more support work with a top staffing agency in Scottsdale and contact the experts at the ACCENT Hiring Group!


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