Who Is Leaving Your Team?

A recent survey of over 30,000 employees including 2400 US-based employees had some grim results. One-third of US employees are considering leaving their current company – it’s even worse with younger employees. There are also those who are so unmotivated that they are unproductive. Statistically, those who are either ready to leave or are completely unmotivated make up half of your team. They are dragging your team’s performance down with them faster than your stars can pick it up.

Dave Anderson outlines 12 leadership principles in How to Lead by The Book that he says are time-tested methods of managing people. Since one of the Lean pillars is respect of the people, many of Anderson’s principles dove tail with Lean Leadership.

David Kasprzak has given me the opportunity to guest blog again.  You can see the rest of this article at My Flexible Pencil. David has some great guest authors and interesting posts of his own on this blog.  You are invited to check it out here.

About Christian Paulsen

Christian Paulsen is an Executive Consultant with 20 years of Lean Manufacturing. Chris adds value to organizations by driving process improvement and bottom line savings. Chris intends to help others by sharing the lessons learned after a quarter century of operational leadership, marriage, parenting, and even longer as a Cubs fan. Your comments on this blog are welcome. You can also connect with Chris via LinnkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook in the right sidebar. Chris welcomes your comments. Christian's professional services are available by contacting him through LinkedIn (right side bar)
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2 Responses to Who Is Leaving Your Team?

  1. That’s a pretty alarming percentage you pointed out here, Christian. Being unmotivated at work can definitely increase the employee turnaround rate in any company. When employees feel that they are not being valued at a company, they are more than happy to open their doors to opportunities elsewhere. Then again, many young employees tend to be too idealistic when they enter the corporate world. When they are hit with the realities of working in an office, large or small, this idealistic perception is shot, making them less motivated. Apart from members of management re-assessing how they deal with employees, it’s important that colleges incorporate on-the-job trainings and internships in their curricula so that when students leave the safe confines of the classroom and step into the corporate world, they would do so with a more realistic outlook.

    • Adeline,

      You raise good points. I’m not sure how much the younger employees affect this data but it’s clearly a factor. Internships should help the transition from college to the workplace in many ways. Thank you for sharing your comments.

      Best regards,

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