Books Slideshow: Five Reasons Why Your Top Talent Leaves, and How to Keep Them

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-07-2012

"The job isnt what I expected."

Trouble signs: Employee avoids eye contact, stops participating in meetings and seems to be on autopilot.

"The job isnt what I expected."

"The job isnt what I expected."

Solution: Before hiring, allow job candidates to talk frankly with current workers so realistic expectations are established.

"The job isnt what I expected."

"I never get any coaching or feedback."

Trouble signs: You're too busy to give feedback unless employees ask for it, or during annual reviews. When you do, things get worse instead of better.

"I never get any coaching or feedback."

"I never get any coaching or feedback."

Solutions: Pair all incoming employees with mentor buddies, and take more opportunities to give feedback at specific times, like when projects are completed.

"I never get any coaching or feedback."

"There are no opportunities for growth at this company."

Trouble signs: You constantly put off requests for training and new challenges, and find your employee applies for internal positions regardless of suitability.

"There are no opportunities for growth at this company."

"There are no opportunities for growth at this company."

Solution: Cultivate a lateral advancement culture in which changes in roles and responsibilities help employees develop valued skills.

"There are no opportunities for growth at this company."

"Nobody appreciates me here."

Trouble signs: The employee does good work, but sees no financial reward as new hires are better compensated and praised.

"Nobody appreciates me here."

"Nobody appreciates me here."

Solutions: Create a results-based system for compensation and bonuses tied to business goals. Also consider performance awards.

"Nobody appreciates me here."

"I dont trust senior leadership anymore."

Trouble signs: Initiatives directed by senior executives aren't followed or pushed down the priority list.

"I dont trust senior leadership anymore."

"I dont trust senior leadership anymore."

Solution: Show how these directly impact your goals and how they benefit employees.

"I dont trust senior leadership anymore."