Discussion: Employee Turnover
Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.
Review the following scenario of Emily and consider the potential consequences for companies where stories like hers (or worse) are commonplace:
Shortly after graduating from college, Emily Evans started a new job in an office downtown. After Emily spent the first few days completing paperwork and getting familiar with the layout of the company, a colleague who worked in the same position began acting as her mentor, explaining the expectations and guiding her on how to perform her job. After a few weeks, Emily felt comfortable with her job and expressed her enthusiasm to her mentor, who only responded with a feigned smile. After a few months, Emily had a general sense of other teams’ responsibilities and she felt comfortable in her own position, which was a good thing because her mentor had left for another company. After a year, she had a solid understanding of the entire company’s objectives because she periodically worked with other teams; however, she started to become dissatisfied with the working environment and the lack of opportunities for her to grow within the company. After two years of being stuck in the same position, Emily became a mentor for a new recruit. When he told her how excited he was to start his new position, she could only return that same expression that was given to her 2 years prior. Emily realized the significance of her reaction and began updating her résumé the next day.
In this Discussion, you will identify a real company that has experienced employee turnover issues. Then, you will describe those issues, explain how you would address them from an HR perspective, and explain what recommendations you would bring to the company’s leadership.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review this week’s Learning Resources, focusing on those related to employee turnover.
- Identify a company that has experienced issues with turnover to use as an example for this Discussion. Preferably, choose a company that you are familiar with, such as one where you have previously worked or currently work. If you do not have a good example from your personal experience, locate an example through an article or news story.
- Note: If using a real company from your personal experience, be sure to use fictitious names for the company and people involved in your description.
- By Day 3 Wednesday
Post a 150- to 225-word (2- to 3-paragraph) illustration of how you would address employee turnover issues from an HR perspective. In your illustration, do the following:
- Describe the company you identified and the issues it experienced with employee turnover. What were some possible causes of those issues?
- Explain the specific approach you would take to address the issues from an HR perspective.
- Explain what recommendations you would make to the company’s leadership if you were in an HR role.
- To support your response, be sure to reference at least one properly cited scholarly source.