The last thing you want to do as a business owner is send your employees sprinting for the exit, faster than you can say, “But we have a ping pong table!” After all good employees are what make a business successful, and without them, you would not have much of a company at all. Plus, of course, hiring new employees can cost you greatly in terms of time and money.

With all that in mind, let’s look at some things that are sure to send your employees running to pastures new. Avoid doing the following and your staff will stay with you!

1. The Never-Ending Payday Problems

First and foremost, playing hide and seek with employee paychecks is an instant route to employees who can’t wait to leave. Imagine the thrill on their faces when payday rolls around, and it’s more elusive than Bigfoot. Better yet, spice things up with random deductions for “office air consumption” or “desk wear and tear,” or forget to pay them at all Before you know it, you’ll have a ghost town for an office and a starring role in their upcoming tell-all. Or, you know you could use outsourced payroll with SDWorx to ensure their pay is always present and correct. It depends on whether you want to keep them or not, right?

2. The Meeting Marathon

Why keep meetings short and to the point when you can host marathon sessions that make “War and Peace” look like a light read? Ensure every gathering is a sprawling epic, devoid of agendas, where tangents are not just encouraged but mandatory. Watch as your team’s will to live—and remain employed by you—dwindles by the minute.

3. Micromanagement Mayhem

Micromanagement, the art of showing your business’ employees you believe in their potential by never, ever trusting them to do anything right. Assign tasks, then hover like a helicopter parent at preschool, offering “helpful” suggestions every three minutes. It’s like telling them, “I have faith in you, but not really.”

4. Promotion Purgatory

Promise promotions and career growth at every turn, then deliver with all the speed and efficiency of a sloth on a leisurely stroll. Keep moving the goalposts, and sprinkle in some vague feedback like, “Just be more proactive,” or “Show more leadership,” without ever defining what that means. It’s the corporate equivalent of “It’s not you, it’s me.”

5. Communication Black Hole

Foster an environment where information is as scarce as compliments from a drill sergeant. Ensure that the rumor mill is the primary source of news, and when you do communicate, make cryptic emails and ambiguous memos your tools of choice. It’s like playing corporate telephone, but less fun and more anxiety-inducing.

6. Creativity Crusher

Got a team of bright, innovative thinkers? Great! Now, make sure to shoot down every new idea with a hearty, “That’s not how we do things here.” Encourage a culture of “We’ve always done it this way,” and watch those fresh ideas—and the employees harboring them—vanish into the ether.

7. The Toxic Tango

Last but not least, nurture a work environment that’s more toxic than a nuclear waste site. Encourage gossip, play favorites, and remember: morale is just a word in the dictionary, somewhere between “mope” and “mortify.”

Keep your employees where they should be – with you!


Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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