The 3 REAL causes of your employees leaving

It’s one thing to face a labor shortage environment and struggle to recruit key employees; it’s another to confront the reality that 20% more employees quit in 2020-2021 compared to 2019 (according to recruiting firm Robert Half). Why do our employees leave us? At Bamboo Space, we believe that before jumping to the solution, it’s critical to understand the causes of the problem.

Cause #1: Accepting the harsh reality: an “unengaged” workforce

First, what is an engaged employee? An engaged employee is one who is motivated to participate in the organization’s mission. They collaborate, work as a team and are proactive in solving problems.

If your absenteeism rate has increased over the past few months, if there is an increased demand for sick leave, these signs are not only a precursor to burnout. They are also signs of an unengaged workforce.

Why are they not engaged?

1- Don’t feel that their daily tasks have an impact within the organization.

2- Do not feel that their expertise or opinion is taken into account by the organization.

3- Do not feel that their work makes a difference; their personal quest for meaning is not satisfied.

4- Do not have the right tools or materials to do their job well.

5- Do not have real opportunities to grow and/or develop within the company.

6- Lack of human contact: employees want to feel appreciated as a person, that they have a place in the team, that they belong, that they develop friendships.

Cause #2: The pandemic and its impact

The Great Resignation phenomenon has been underway, since 2020. The virus has certainly put questionable working conditions in the spotlight; but the repercussions don’t stop there.

For those experiencing the new reality of telecommuting, it can be a challenge to find a balance in terms of work-life balance. The office and personal life are in the same environment, making the task complicated in terms of mental load in both cases. In an ideal world, everyone would take advantage of the fact that we save time (and energy) in terms of commuting to the office every day. But the facts are that, on the contrary, it creates more burnout: employees can’t get off their feet.

Surprisingly, even before the pandemic, Millennials were responding to exit surveys by saying that quitting gave them the permission and freedom to take several weeks off in a row, and thus the opportunity to travel, which is not possible with the two to three weeks of annual vacation that most organizations offer.

Another reality is that employees are currently getting the short end of the stick in this labour shortage context. If their incentives are based solely on their salary and benefits, they are likely to store around for job opportunities and see if the grass is greener on the other side.

Cause #3: Managers

Engaging employees is a big job for the manager. Especially with generations Y and Z; as it is said (and found!) that they seek their sense of accomplishment through their careers. Micromanagement approaches are a leadership style that has a devastating effect with this generation that has grown up and evolved in a “fast paced” field, especially with technology. They are constantly seeking to understand and are not content to execute without understanding the added value of the tasks assigned to them.

“The true value of a leader is not measured by the work they do. The true value of a leader is measured by the work he inspires others to do. – Simon Sinek”

So the goal is to find a way to have engaged employees. Having identified the causes, it is now possible to turn to adapted and sustainable solutions in order to mobilize our employees.  Considering the context of labor shortage, the priority at this time is to ensure that our resources do not leave us. At Bamboo Space, we believe that continuous improvement is at the heart of the solutions. This is what we will discuss in our next article!