The worst thing that could probably happen when you have a new startup is having no employees or employees that are uneager about the job.
Having a startup isn’t so easy especially as an entrepreneur entering the market for the first time. A lot has to be considered, from capital (such as money to run your startup) to labor.
However, how do you know that your employee isn’t considering quitting your startup?
Here are five reasons employees leave startups.
#1. No Faith
Employees always have a personal agenda of their own. Despite how informed they may be about your company or startup, there is always something they want to achieve by working for you. Whether it is gaining enough to live on or moving forward in their career, your startup is probably a stepping stone for them.
However, if they feel that your startup lacks potential, they are more than likely to leave. To prevent this from happening, ensure that they feel important in your company and give them a major responsibility. They should feel like an active part of the startup.
#2. Better Offer
Probably the most obvious reason in this list is the ‘better offer’ reason.
If your employer discovers or is approached with better job opportunities, with better pay and benefits for fewer hours, then there is no doubt as to what will happen next.
It is a competitive world in terms of startups and employment. Popular and well-settled companies are battling with each other for qualified employees. Your startup might have to face that battle sooner than later.
One way to ensure your employee remains with your startup is by offering better benefits such as flexible hours, suitable work environment and a vibrant workplace.
#3. Different Culture
Work culture is normally overlooked by employers when employing people. Different businesses have different work culture, some companies value independence and privacy were staff have their own cubicles with little social interaction. The same cannot be said for most startups where there are a few individuals and everyone has to work together. Along the line, it can create tension and unusual feelings of isolation or not being valued by others.
Therefore, it is vital that you employ those that can fit into your work culture and can tolerate the work environment you have to offer.
As a new company or business, you may feel under the pressure as an employer to ensure everything works out and your business is moving forward. This may mean putting in more hours on your employees especially when working towards deadlines. Some employees may handle these situations since they are used to it. Others may suffer from burnout as they are not used to working under pressure.
To prevent this, try to relegate the pressure to different events. Encourage your employees to take breaks, vacations, and time away from the office throughout the week.
#5. Personal issues
There are a lot of personal issues that employees will face that might prevent them from working for you and your startup. From your employee’s family issues to personal crisis, be prepared to face resignations along these lines. Some might even quit without any reason at all. That’s part of business.
All you can do is do your best to create a healthy, enjoyable work environment. Offer flexible and shorter working hours or a work-from-home opportunity, or leaves of absence. Be prepared to improve work culture by encouraging people to stay.
In the end, you’ll find some employee loyalty. However, don’t be discouraged if your employees seem to be leaving. You’ll be sure to find better personnel willing to stay in the long run.