February 28, 2018

5 Reasons Why Good Employees Quit

 |  By: Mike Opperman

Like any business dairy operations are ripe with protocols and processes necessary to complete even the smallest of tasks. And when a large group of employees are being managed, it's easy to get hung up on policy and forget about people. 

"Too many managers have lost touch with the fact that it is people who make a company," says Brigette Hyacinth, noted author and leadership expert. "They are so focused on the business aspect of their company that they forget that their employees are the backbone of that company."

After awhile, this focus on policies and procedures forces even the best employees to find employment elsewhere. According to Hyacinth, there are five reasons why good employees quit:

1. Micromanaging. Employees want autonomy. "If you hired someone for a job, then trust them to get the job done," Hyacinth says. "No one can perform at their best being constantly monitored and scrutinized."

2. No opportunities for growth and development. Hyacinth suggests that managers assign challenging projects that motivate employees and give them goals that encourage them to grow and develop. 

3. Lack of empathy. Show empathy when an employee is going through a personal or professional hardship. "When [employees] go beyond the call of duty for [their] employer, and they respond with inflexibility and insensitivity during a time of need, the relationship at that exact moment is lost," Hyacinth says.

4. Not supporting work life balance. Your employees already put in long hours and, like you, they value time away from the farm and with their families. Hyacinth says that always encroaching on employees personal time by pushing them to work beyond their normal work day breeds resentment and disloyalty. 

5. Not recognizing and rewarding employee efforts. If you have protocols and processes set up on your dairy, make sure you recognize employees that do great work following these procedures. "When you don't value employee contributions, they become disengaged in the outcomes," Hyacinth says. "They will not feel motivated to go the extra mile."

"People don't leave companies, they leave managers," Hyacinth says. "We need leaders with human qualities that put people first."