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Why do employees quit? Reason #2, and what to do about it

culture great resignation Jan 24, 2022

 

Last week we talked about one reason employees quit—feeling overworked and burned out. (If you didn’t catch it you can see it here: https://www.yellowwagonleadership.com/blog/Reason1)

In this edition, I want to talk about another reason employees quit—if they feel like they are working in a toxic work environment.

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Why do employees quit? Reason #1, and what to do about it

culture Jan 12, 2022

I’m working with a company right now where people feel constantly overloaded—like they never get a moment to breathe. It is expected that people work at least 50 hours a week, and evenings and weekends as needed.

They have also had quite a lot of turnover.

Employees quit for lots of reasons.

One of them is simply feeling the...

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Are you Familiar with Psychological Safety?

Uncategorized Nov 11, 2020

Psychological safety is not a term that everyone has heard before.

If you haven’t heard it before, that’s ok…most of us have our heads down…busy doing our work.

You may be surprised, however, to know that after years of research, Google found that psychological safety is THE key ingredient to effective teams.

It...

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In a Challenging Business Partnership?

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020

Are you a partner in a business?

 How's that partnership going?

 Business partnerships are hard, and they can become conflicted. That happens for lots of reasons, and it always causes stress, frustration and heartache.

 Why do partnerships become stressful and run into trouble??

  1. Lack of clarity. People can get really enthusiastic...
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New Employees Bring a New Perspective

Uncategorized Jul 27, 2020

New employees are a gift.

Yes, thank goodness they have come on board to take over some of the work load!

But almost even more important, they bring fresh eyes to the culture of the organization. Of your procedures and processes. And of your hiring process.

As people being exposed to your company for the first time, they are not used to...

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Goal Setting for Success

Uncategorized Jun 15, 2020

How are your 2020 goals coming along?

 Given that the world has changed completely since January 1, I suspect you have thrown them out the window by now!

 You likely need to revise your current 2020 goals, or start over. Don’t panic—it isn’t too late to make 2020 a banner year.

Most of us set vague goals that are...

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Clear Expectations for (Newly) Remote Workers

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2020

Transitioning to remote work can be challenging for even stellar employees. Now, during this coronavirus pandemic, it is even more stressful.

It is hard to know what to expect from team members, hard to trust that they are truly working if you don’t have your eyes on them, and hard find a reasonable communication cadence.

If you are...

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Don't be Disappointed--Be Clear

Uncategorized Apr 13, 2020

You know what doesn’t happen when we don’t get what we expect?? Disappointment. And resentment.

Those things lead to frustration, and that leads to anger. And often, blame. Then, it’s easy to fall into victim mode.

Sounds unpleasant…right?

This is a true pattern we play out in our families, with our friends, and also...

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Setting Expectations Creates Alignment--Especially For Remote Workers

Uncategorized Apr 06, 2020

Setting expectations for your employees is an essential responsibility that many business owners gloss over. One study I read found that almost half of all workers in the United States are unclear about what was expected of them!

It’s too bad, because clear employee expectations benefit not only your staff, but your business as a whole. It...

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Top Three Things You Can Do To Create a Great Culture

Uncategorized Mar 25, 2020

I recently talked with a client who asked me the following:

“I really want to be a good leader and create a good culture for people. What are the top three things I can do to ensure they are engaged, loyal, and want to come to work every day?”

Wow. Great question!

First, I want to point out that many leaders never even ask the...

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