Hiring Wisdom: Tipping Points When Employees Stay – or When They Go

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Are you pushing your great employees away or is someone else taking them?

A study by University of  Washington professor Dr. Thomas Lee found there is a negative or internal precipitating event or turning point in 66 percent of all employee turnover. This means there is a positive or external tipping point in 34 percent of all voluntary terminations.

Examples of internal negative events are:

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  • My manager was stealing and I could not work for him.
  • I was passed over for promotion.
  • I was promised the company would pay for a course they asked me to take and then they refused to reimburse me.
  • I got tired of doing the work of two employees who the boss let get away with sitting around.
  • I needed to leave to pick up my 7-year old who got sick at school and was written up for leaving even though I told my supervisor the situation.

Examples of positive tipping points:

  • I was offered $5,500 a year more.
  • The job was closer to where I live.
  • The new job offers tuition reimbursement.
  • I have the ability to work at home if necessary, or at least one day a week.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.


1 Comment on “Hiring Wisdom: Tipping Points When Employees Stay – or When They Go

  1. The internal negative events happen more often than not.  I recently coached a client through his job search.  He was deemed their top performer and had been asking for recognition and a promotion for 18 months.  He finally got fed up and posted his resume.  Within 30 days he was scooped up by another organization.

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