It’s 4 p.m. on a Friday. One of your top performers comes into your office and hands you a resignation letter. You’re shocked because this person always works hard, does a great job, and is well liked for colleagues, residents, and others. In fact, there are six key reasons you may lose the best and brightest:
- They don’t get recognized for good work. While they may be self-confident, they still need validation and recognition for their efforts. They need to feel like their contributions and sacrifices matter.
- They are burned out. Sure, they are hard workers, but everyone has their limits; and all employees deserve to have a work-life balance.
- They don’t have growth opportunities. Don’t think that just because someone is good at what they do and seem to like their job that you can keep them in that role forever.
- They are micromanaged. Give your employees the skills, tools, and authority to be successful and trust them to do their jobs. Little is more frustrating to good workers than having responsibilities without the authority or resources to fulfill them.
- The company has a toxic culture. Don’t think for a minute that culture doesn’t really matter; it does.
- They don’t have flexibility. Well, it may not be feasible for everyone to work from home, it’s important to give team members the opportunity to balance life and work. This may mean school-friendly hours for working parents or flex hours for those with a long commute.