Turnover Troubles: Solving Tomorrow’s Staffing Puzzle for HR


Tackling high turnover issues can be dreadful most times! It can feel like you’re searching for the missing socks in the laundry and wondering what am I doing wrong? and why do these socks keep disappearing? Lucky for you, we have good insight into the root causes of this issue… Meaning, we understand what’s contributing to your high turnover rates… unfortunately, not sure why your socks are missing!

Turnover is the constant headache that keeps HR professionals up at night. It’s a brutal cycle of recruitment, onboarding, and training that drains both time and resources for employers everywhere. While turnover is as routine as daily emails flooding your inbox, we’ve observed how an excessive turnover rate can significantly hinder productivity, morale, and financial performance. Whether you’re a startup looking for growth or a seasoned corporation aiming for stability, turnover can significantly impact your bottom line and overall success. After years and years of simultaneously working with both employers and candidates/employees, we’ve gained valuable insight into the causes of high turnover rates as well as the factors that lead to employee retention. 

What are the causes of High Turnover?

Navigating turnover rates in the workplace can feel like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube blindfolded. Welcome the HR dilemma! Within every organization, there’s a mix of factors that can send turnover rates through the roof. Some of the most prevalent causes are inadequate compensation and benefits, lack of career advancement, poor management, and poor organizational culture.


  • Inadequate Compensation and Benefits: While passion for the job is important, let’s be real, money is a significant factor in the equation. After all, we all have bills to pay. When employees feel their compensation and benefits fall short of what they deserve or fail to align with industry standards, it’s more than just an inconvenience – it’s a significant deterrent. The frustration of feeling undervalued in financial terms can prompt talented individuals to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
  • Lack of Career Advancement: We’ve found that the best candidates are those that are hungry for growth and development. When an employee feels that there is no clear path for career advancement, they might feel stagnant and look for opportunities elsewhere.
  • Poor Management: Ever have a boss that made it dreadful to go into work? Well, a lot of people have been in that boat, and ultimately, ended up quitting.  Good management is crucial for a successful workplace, but unfortunately, not all managers understand its significance. Ineffective or toxic management practices, such as lack of communication, micromanagement, or favoritism, can lead to dissatisfaction and prompt employees to leave.
  • Poor Organizational Culture: Workplace culture is critical. Sometimes we see the people we work with more than we see the people we live with! An environment with distrust, lack of teamwork, or intolerance can drive talented employees away. Everyone works better in places that they feel respected, supported, and aligned with the organization’s values.

These factors can create a challenging environment for employees, leading to financial strain, dissatisfaction, frustration, which ultimately prompt them to seek opportunities elsewhere.

What strategies can be used to address these high turnover rates?

After years of working with organizations of all sizes and sectors, we’ve learned to understand the complexities behind high turnover rates. We’ve found certain strategies that not only mitigate turnover but also foster a positive work environment for everyone. We use these strategies in our own workplace and have seen the benefits they have for our entire organization.


  • Competitive Compensation and Benefits: Stay up to date on industry trends! It’s not just about offering compensation and benefits. It’s about keeping those perks as irresistible as a gourmet buffet. This will help ensure your organization maintains a competitive edge and attracts top talent. Let’s ensure our compensation and benefits packages are not just placeholders on a paycheck but reflect the value our employees bring to the table. Keep those perks flashy and appealing!
  • Invest in Career Development: Offering opportunities for skill development, training, and advancement that would make even the most seasoned sensei proud has been proven to not only increase retention rates but also employee satisfaction. Because when employees are given the chance to level up their skills and progress in their careers, they’re more likely to stick around for the long haul.
  • Food: Yes, you read that correctly! Studies have shown that access to food is not only associated with job satisfaction but also increased productivity! Plus, they say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, so why not show your employees some love with a well-stocked snack bar or weekly pizza party?
  • Cultivate a Positive Organizational Culture: It’s time to get out on the floor and get to know your employees! Encourage communication and teamwork. Fostering a culture of respect, inclusivity, and collaboration where employees feel valued and engaged is essential. Additionally, hiring individuals who embellish the mission of your organization adds an extra layer of cohesion and dedication to the team. When everyone is aligned with the organization’s purpose, it creates a shared sense of enthusiasm and commitment that fuels long-term success.
  • Effective Management Training: In order to set your organization up for success, you must train managers on how to lead effectively and appropriately. Create an environment that focuses on humility! Because let’s face it, nobody wants to feel like they have to bow down to their boss like they’re in a medieval court.
  • Employee feedback: I know a lot of employers don’t want to hear negative feedback that their employees have to offer. It’s almost like finding out about a surprise party you weren’t invited to. Both are good for growth! Embrace the gossip—it often holds valuable truths that can lead to positive change. Providing a way for employees to leave an anonymous comment creates a safe space for honest feedback.
  • Regular Feedback and Recognition: Provide regular feedback and recognition to employees for their contributions and achievements, because rewarding them is as essential as giving a dog a treat—it keeps them eager, motivated, and loyal. It can be as simple as recognizing an employee’s performance at a team meeting or as extravagant as hiring a food truck to provide complimentary meals as a token of employee appreciation.

While our missing socks may always be a mystery, we’ve certainly uncovered a wealth of knowledge regarding the underlying causes of high turnover within organizations. Knowing this allowed us to leverage strategies aimed at bolstering retention and creating a more stable and engaged workforce.

From inadequate compensation to poor organizational culture, we’ve seen it all – the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. But, also have the knowledge and keys to retention success. It’s not just about offering competitive compensation or providing opportunities for career advancement. It’s about creating a workplace culture where employees feel valued, supported, and motivated to give their best each day.

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