Today’s tight labor market means organizations must work harder to keep the people they have.  Harvard Business Review contributor Jon Christiansen says, there are three things that tend to make people quit that leaders must stop doing.

  • Creating a culture of fear.  If employees are afraid their thoughts or ideas will be met with repercussions, they go silent. Victims of this leadership style are more error prone, less likely to take risks, and may leave since they see no growth opportunities.  
  • Making the work environment too safe.  When employees feel no pressure to perform, they may wonder if their work matters. Without meaning or purpose, productivity, engagement and loyalty can wane.
  • Wasting resources. If employees have important projects, don’t waste their time with low-priority meetings. Not giving them time to accomplish high-level work sets them up to fail and feel frustrated.

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