According to a survey done by an American recruitment firm on 1,500 workers in 2018, 33% reported quitting their job within the first 90 days of employment. In other words, for every 3 employees that are hired, 1 of them will quit within the probationary period. We can expect a larger statistic with the Covid-19 pandemic and the Great Resignation. Considering the time, money and resources to source, hire and train candidates, this is a highly undesirable outcome.

So, what is causing this alarming rate of 90-day quitters and how can we prevent them?

  1. The day-to-day role was different from expectations

Many people feel that the roles and duties set out by the employer during the interview/training process were different from what actually occurs on a day-to-day basis.

There are a few ways to resolve this:

  • Utilise collaborative technology during the onboarding process to train the employee with day-to-day tasks and familiarise them with organisations values and culture
  • Ensure the job description aligns with the employee’s capabilities and potential
  • Have a structured onboarding process and ask new employees to complete any onboarding work so that they can be familiar with processes before coming in for their first day
  • Let prospective employees spend a day at the office or work site to see how things work and whether it is a right environment for them                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Company culture

One of the most common reasons for leaving is a toxic or incompatible work culture. Employees often seek a work-life balance, flexible working conditions and opportunity to express their concerns freely. Managers may have to revisit or remould their company culture by reinforcing employee friendly policies at work.

   3. Relationship with Manager

A survey done on 2,100 UK employees found that 47% of employees left because of a poor manager while 38% stayed longer because of a good manager. Evidently, a good manager dictates employee commitment to some extent.

Employees look for respect, honesty, collaboration and recognition from their managers.

Managers can strive to develop these qualities and continue to engage in meaningful conversation with their employees to ensure their needs are being met.

Managers should:

  • Not overwork their employees
  • Follow through with promises
  • Set realistic expectations

Celebrating the 90-day milestone

Below are some ways you can show appreciation for your employees once they pass 90 days at work:

  • An email of congratulation or a hand written card of appreciation
  • Asking them for feedback on their onboarding process
  • Have a conversation about their employment journey

 At the end of the day, all employees want to feel appreciated and rightly so. Are you showing appreciation for your employees?