Do I Stay or Do I go?

40% of Employees Likely to Quit Current Job in 3-6 months, according to McKinsey

Myra Kressner -- 24th Feb 2022 

I recently attended a Leadership Conference in the Convenience Retail industry and the overwhelming theme from all speakers was that successful companies must cultivate a pervasive company culture where all employees feel valued. In fact, according to McKinsey & Company, feeling valued is the #1 determining factor to stay with a company—even above compensation! 

And supporting the mutual benefits of these cultural assets, companies with a strong organization culture outperform their peers in the stock market by 3X, according to McKinsey.

Perhaps surprising to some, the Top 4 Most Important factors for why employees stay or leave are:

  1. Valued by organization
  2. Valued by manager
  3. Sense of belonging
  4. Work-life balance

Interestingly, “Inadequate Compensation” falls into the Somewhat Important category in this McKinsey study.

Let’s put this in perspective. During “The Great Resignation”, with everyone wanting to understand why so many employees are quitting, let’s juxtapose this McKinsey research with a new Gallup study of more than 13,000 US employees conducted between Oct. 16 and 28, 2021.

In order of importance, the Gallup employee study said that if they were to look for a job today they would prioritize:

64% Compensation (up from 41% in 2015)
61% Work-life Balance (up from 53% in 2015)
58% Play to their strengths (do what they do best)
53% Job Security (same as 2015)
43% COVID policies (as of Oct 2021)
42% Diversity & Inclusiveness

Per the McKinsey study that focused on why employees stay or leave employment, two key dynamics that address any company’s relationship with their employees are:

  1. Make the day-to-day job simpler
  2. Commit to up-skilling and re-skilling

In my opinion, there is a direct correlation between hiring, training, development and retention. Consistent communication throughout the organization. Training, Training and more Training!


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