It’s not uncommon to hear managers and small business owners complaining about their best employees leaving the company. Few things can be as costly and harmful for a business as a star employee jumping ship, and managers often blame turnover on competitors, poor attitudes, or whatever else they can think of. The truth is much more simple: great employees don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.
Poor managers have a tendency to overwork people, and nothing burns out a great employee quite like being overworked. For top employees, being asked to do more work feels like being punished for doing a great job. No matter how much you might want to give that extra project to your top person, you might want to think twice next time.
Managers can also send great employees packing by failing to recognize their contributions and reward their hard work. While it might seem like a small thing, a simple pat on the back can go a long way toward keeping morale up. Great managers care about their employees and their well-being. They value their employees’ time without exploiting it, and they honor their commitments. Are you the kind of boss great employees love to work for?
Read the full article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2016/02/23/9-things-that-make-good-employees-quit/#291d0d1d260b