7 Reasons the Best Employees Quit
A recent Inc. Article sparked a discussion within our network- 7 Reasons the Best Employees Quit, Even When they Like Their Job. This article outlines the real reasons higly skilled professionals leave positions, even ones they enjoy- not all of us are the same, but most of us can relate to some, if not all of the problems that may motivate someone to leave a good position. I know for myself I’ve always been attracted to organizations that are constantly moving forward, offering challenges (but not overwhelming experiences), and have a strong sense of ethical vision to guide the team. The points Lolly Daskal brings up in her article really pinpoint the issues that go beyond the job tasks and the industry to target issues Managers would be able to address, or mitigate in order to keep their best people.
What if you were a Commercial Construction Superintendent that didn’t have a possibility of advancement? What could you do to challenge yourself or continue your career progression if there weren’t continuously challenging construction projects or new jobs to try building out? When you feel stagnant, even if you love your general contractor construction company, you have to do what’s right for your career, and staying put when you’re not happy isn’t going to help you, or your team do the best commercial construction work that you can.
In other cases, the work isn’t boring- it’s overwhelming! If your current construction company has trusted you and depended on you for more than your fair share of the load, if you haven’t seen your kids during waking hours in weeks, and you aren’t sure if you can continue at this pace- talk to your manager! Sometimes (especially in construction) the cyclical nature of the work means extraordinarily busy times, hopefully followed by a more reasonable pace, or changes in staffing/ resources to balance the work better. If being overworked is because of an uneven allocation of responsibilities, or other mis-management that hasn’t been addressed after discussion of potential solutions with your company, it may be the right thing to move to a place that has more reasonable expectations of what one person, and an effective Commercial Construction Team can do in a day’s work.
Sometimes what’s right for your career is to move. I’m not about taking happy employees away from organizations that are providing what they need, but when you are thinking about making the next strategic step in your Commercial Construction Career, I’ll help in any way that I can.
Nate Nolte serves the Commercial Construction Industry throughout the midwest. His competitiveness and passion for the construction industry drive him to find the best candidates for his clients. Nate’s clients appreciate his market intelligence and competitive insight.