Why People Quit Their Jobs
Attrition has always been expensive for companies, but in many industries the cost of losing good workers is rising. As a result, firms are intensifying efforts to predict which workers are at high risk of leaving so that managers can try to stop them. New research by CEB looks not just at why workers quit but also at when. Danger points include work anniversaries, big birthdays, and large social gatherings such as class reunions; these are natural occasions for people to measure their progress relative to their expectations and to others. Technology also provides hints about who might be eyeing the exit, and companies sometimes hire outside firms to monitor workers' social media activity for clues. When evidence suggests that an employee might be scouting around, companies shouldn't just wait for the inevitable and then make a counteroffer, the researchers say; a preemptive intervention, such as making the worker aware of attractive internal openings, is more likely to lead to long-term retention.