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Work life balance must be encouraged


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Why do employees quit their job? This is the ‘million dollar' question that has vexed companies, their management, and the Human Resource division for generations. In this blog, we are looking at some ‘mistakes' made by companies and leaders that act as ‘tipping points’ for employees to say “enough is enough & I am moving on.”  Shall we get down to reading about them?

  • Over work. Good employees are always cribbing about being over worked, whether on weekdays or weekends, there is too much pressure and no work – life balance. Disenchantment coupled with burn – out can end up forcing employees (especially achievers) to hang in their towels and say adieu. It’s simple. Don’t make employees over work. 

  • No work – life balance. Pressure to perform as well as long hours leads to a disruption of the much needed work–life balance. Unless a person is able to detach from work for some hours daily, it can lead to people burning out and handing in their papers. The toll on personal relationships, space, rest, and hobbies because of work is an important factor for high attrition. 

  • Micro management by leadership. The leadership should have the confidence in their employees to let them work independently, just observe, and step in when required.  Micro management of daily affairs is so very passe’. No one wants or likes it especially when you are at the receiving end from the company leaders. Empowered and enabled employees are happier, confident, and more likely to remain with the organisation.   

  • Lack of growth in the company. Employees will always stick around and give their best knowing that they have growth opportunities within the company. Providing development, growth & learning opportunities acts as a major impetus for people to remain in the organisation for years. Personal motivating factors play a big role. 

  • Encouragement of gossip, rumors, and factionalism.  Company management who encourage employees to gossip, indulge in rumor mongering or factional feuds create a negative culture that is not good for anyone.  It kills the vibe, creates overall despondency and people want to get miles away from such an environment. I would, wouldn’t you?  

  • Lack of empathy. Please don’t confuse empathy and sympathy. They are two distinct feelings. Company owners / mangers and leaders should be caring, sensitive people to situations, scenarios, and people. Lack of empathy drives people out. The solution is to be caring and compassionate, gentle, and considerate.  

  • Lack of options for profile changes within the organisation. If companies were big and mature to allow employees to apply for posts / positions that they are interested in, people may not leave. They can pursue their interests and passions within the company.  For example, Vaishali is in HR but wishes to take up marketing, the company should be expansive enough to facilitate the same overdue course.  


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Rahul Ray

Rahul is a seasoned consultant in travel, transport and hospitality sector subject matter expert with over 20 years of experience and constantly challenging himself to re-define travel distribution and channels, Dedicated Son, Love Nature and Politics both

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