According to this article on The Motley Fool, almost one in five of everyone in your company is looking to work somewhere else: 3 Reasons Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs — and What to Do About It
Think about it… you are sitting in a meeting with four other people, and everything is going well. People bring their passion and knowledge and opinions to the table, and you are making serious progress. AT THE SAME TIME, one of you is unhappy working there. You bring your best, but you are secretly looking for another job.
Why? According to the article, it is a toxic work environment:
About 17% of workers seeking to quit their jobs cite an unpleasant work environment as the reason why.
I don’t think you, your company, your executives, or HR are to blame for all of this. Some people are just fickle, and think the grass is greener at another company. And maybe it is. Maybe, sometimes, there just isn’t a good fit between someone and a company or team. Sometimes it’s just better that they find another company that works best for them.
But when you have a solid contributor, who adds to the culture and the projects and overall makes your team or company better, and THEY are not happy, they are looking, they feel like it’s a toxic environment, then you need to look inside and see what’s going on.
In the article it says if you identify this then “it’s time to reexamine your company culture and figure out where things are going wrong.”
If you look at the blog posts over the last year you’ll notice some themes, one of which is company culture. Culture seems so fuzzy, so ambiguous, so vague. But if you live in a company with great culture, it is anything but fuzz, ambiguous, or vague. Culture becomes the glue to keep great employees, motivate marginal employees, and repel bad employees. Culture is the reason you attract excellent talent, or why you can’t seem to hire anyone good (which contributes to costly turnover).
In our Snowfly meetings we talk a lot about company culture, and what we are learning with and from our customers. Whether we are talking about a global consulting organization, and how they are effective a culture of change management and performance, or the call centers we help who are seeing the impact cultural changes have on their metrics and financials, impacting culture is what we do.
You see, we love our software. We love incentives and gamification and performance and peer recognition, but we recognize these are simply tools, they are the vehicle, to help move the needle on culture. Measurable, to the point where your employees who have thought about leaving give you a second chance. Where they say “things are getting better. Management is trying.” Where they stop talking negatively about your company after hours. Where they tell their friends that yes, it really is a great place to work, and you should apply here. Where your employees become your greatest recruiters, and brand advocates.
This is the power of culture.
Let’s have a conversation about this, and YOUR culture goals and needs. How can our tools really help shape and shift your culture? The answer might be just a phone call away. Reach out and let us know if you are ready to talk about YOUR culture: