Why Employees Quit

According to a survey by London Loves Business, almost half (49%) of UK workers signalled an intention to move jobs in 2016. With a percentage that large, it is inevitable that even those in the most rewarding science jobs will have occasionally considered quitting.

But why do employees quit? People decide to move on for all manner of reasons – so here are five of the things that you may be doing that could be contributing to your own firm’s staff attrition.


Micromanagement

Whatever science sector your organisation may be involved in –  pharmacology, clinical, medical devices or something entirely different – you won’t make your employees happy by continually micromanaging them. Undermining their ability is one of the reasons why employees quit. 

There’s a good reason why your staff are trained and experienced to such a high level – they need to be in order to do their jobs. You should give them the space to fulfil their duties.


A lack of the right tools

Another reason why employees quit is down to a material not emotional basis. For some science roles it may simply be standard office supplies that are required, whereas for others there may be a need for more specialised equipment.

Whatever the situation, your staff should have the tools that enable them to do their jobs in the safest and most competent manner possible.


Poor morale

Ultimately a business is not just about the company as a whole, but the individuals and the morale among employees. Unfortunately, far too many managers come across as intimidating, bad at communication and do not provide their staff with an adequate work/life balance. Poor management methods and low moral is one of the largest reasons why employees quit. 

Your employees need to feel that they are in an environment in which they will be appreciated and rewarded for their hard work. If they do not recieve this, don’t be surprised if they look for other science jobs.


Favouritism

Treating certain staff or departments more favourably than others – whether that means providing greater resources and attention or simply not placing the same demands upon them – is a quick method of breeding resentment.

All team members and departments should be treated equally and fairly in order to gain the most productive work environment. Feeling unappreciated is difficult for any team member and could lead to them quitting. 

Too many meetings

If your staff members are being constantly distracted from their core duties by meetings, how can you expect them to be productive and happy workers? At the very least, any meetings that you do hold should have a definite sense of purpose, with an expectation that real changes or improvements will be made as a result of what was discussed.

But all too often, some science organisations hold meetings for the sake of holding meetings and nothing changes in how the firm works, other than an increased level of employee disillusionment.

The discovery earlier this year by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) that UK workers’ job satisfaction was at a two-year low should make it even more obvious that your staff must be managed well if you do not want your employees to quit. 

When you require a reputable science recruitment agency with the ability to provide all manner of tailored recruitment solutions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Hyper Recruitment Solutions. We are trusted experts in candidate screening and are fully compliant with current recruitment and employment law.

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