Breaking up is never particularly fun in any respect. Relinquishing a bond with another human being, uprooting foundations and closing the book on a treasure trove of memories is a gigantic step and one it’s never easy to take. This is probably made all the more difficult when said person is paying you.
Yet sometimes a clean break is what’s needed. Although having your employee terminate their contract can sometimes come as a bit of a shock. It’s not always the ones that are underperforming you need to watch.
Decent employees often leave because they are not challenged enough. If they are performing consistently well it might be time to ask yourself whether or not the tasks they are accustomed to might be beneath their capabilities as a worker.
After that there should be options for progression within the company because other reasons employees leave is the feeling of stagnation you get when you’ve been in a place for too long and you have not progressed into a more involved role. If the company itself feels like its going nowhere the employees are likely to embody that sentiment.
More often than not though and because it makes the world go round, money is going to be the root of the problem. Underappreciated at a company usually goes hand-in-glove with underpaid. There are issues that are constantly arising and tensions among employees are usually linked either explicitly or implicitly with coin.
In another recent article by The Job Auction, we discussed how to properly ask your boss for a pay rise. I suppose you could call this article a sister piece as its kind of directed more at employers and how to handle those bright sparks that you’d begrudgingly let leave.
Easier said than done a pay rise, isn’t it? It’s also a good idea to invest in someone who is noticeably indispensable.
Honestly, after all the bargaining and negotiating it sometimes is best to just let people go. They’ve put in a good shift and money isn’t everything. Everyone has their own stories.