Walk up to your least enthusiastic employee and ask, “Be honest with yourself, just how happy are you at this workplace?” if they are truly unhappy, chances are high that this person will lie to you or deflect from the question so we want to help you answer it today.

From our experience managing human resource departments in multiple companies, we have realized that sometimes no matter how well an employee does their job, they may not always be appreciated or rewarded for the work they do. This of course becomes frustrating, they feel left with no choice but to seek another job.

It is therefore important for managers and company owners to pay attention to the kind of work environment they are creating especially if you have a high employee turnover rate. Let’s quickly check out the possible reasons why employees eventually start to hate working at your company;

Avoidable long hours and tight deadlines

Truth is, no business can ever perfectly plan out everything they intend to do in the exact time they allocate for it. That said, a consistent crash program maybe a signal for deeper issues especially with management. Soon employees will be asking themselves why they are always getting a desk full of assignments and tasks at last minute, why projects always start or enter their critical phases with just a few days or hours to deadlines and so on. There’s a common saying, “a lack of planning on your part must not result in an emergency for me.” The moment your employees enter this phase, it won’t be long before you lose them.

Little balance between personal life and work commitments

Hard work pays and in some companies, taking on extra hours of work pays more. However, it’s important to always remember that these employees are real human beings with lives outside work. If they are married, this “crazy” work schedule will take its toll on their relationship. If they have kids or elderly dependents for example, it won’t be long before these relationships get strained. Eventually, they will need to find a job that allows them to balance their personal and professional commitments with as little strain as possible.

Lack of any say at work

Do you enable your employees to express their concerns without fear? Do you allow them to participate in discussions and decisions which may also affect them? Most companies step on this right in a bid to suppress “whistle-blowers.” In some companies, employees actually participate in this suppression, where managers are worried about reputation damage when issues arise, while employees are worried about the stigma associated with speaking up. Managers MUST endeavor to create a culture that makes speaking up part of everyday life. Secondly, hierarchy must not be the only factor determining who gets to have a say in decisions that affect business as a whole.

Internal politics and a rigid company structure

This will particularly drive away your most creative, innovative employees. All too often good ideas die within corporations because of the internal structure of the organization. Rigid hierarchical structures provide little to no room for innovation. In addition to the negative hierarchical effect on innovation, creative employees are often beaten down by in-house regulations, top-down criticism and limited capacity.

Bullying or abuse within the workplace

There is no comprehensive list of abusive behaviors but most HR professionals agree that “usually if a person genuinely feels they are being singled out for unfair or inappropriate treatment by a boss or colleague they are probably being abused. Interestingly, workplace abuse is not carried out by supervisors and superiors alone, but also by co-workers as a form of “power” struggle among themselves.

Even more interesting, when it comes to bullying, studies have discovered that although workplace bullying is not equally split between men and women, women tend to bully more women than men (more than 65% in both cases) at work. Bullying is deliberately intended to dominate, cause distress and fear in the intended victim. It often happens in private settings and by a person in authority and difficult to find material evidence for.

Any form of abuse at work has an adverse impact on employee performance and definitely has a negative effect on their mental health. Of course they’ll hate working with you and will eventually leave or even file a lawsuit against your company.