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Managers, Check in with Your People

Updated: May 18, 2023

Is Poor Employee Retention a Reflection of Your Leadership Skills?

f you’re struggling with employee retention, there are a number of factors that may be contributing, but often, employees leave jobs when they’re dissatisfied with their managers. As the saying goes, “people don’t quit jobs; they quit managers.” Gallup found that 75% of people quit their jobs to “get away from their manager” at some point during their careers.

Why? Managers arguably have the most direct impact on an employee’s day-to-day experience and whether they feel respected and valued in their role. If you’re falling short as a manager, your employees may begin looking elsewhere to find a more fulfilling role.

So, for all the managers out there, here are five ways to increase employee retention by leveling up your leadership skills

  1. Leverage each employee's strengths–and pay them accordingly.

  2. Create a safe and inclusive environment.

  3. Develop your employees’ skills toward their career goals. (Psssssst! Remember to ask them about their career goals.)

  4. Provide visibility into potential career paths within your organization.

  5. Offer Salary transparency.

Make sure you’re part of the solution by fostering the kind of team environment that encourages employees to stick around.

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