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More Employees Looking for New Jobs in 2020

The job market and economy are strong, which means that nearly 50 percent of employees are on the lookout for a better job with a more healthy work environment, better pay and benefits. 

The three main reasons that employees will be looking for new jobs this year include:

  1. Money
  2. Feeling undervalued and unappreciated
  3. Desire a better work-life balance

Unfortunately, for many employers, the best employees are usually the ones to quit first, which can be devastating in terms of turnover. 

Ninja Gig has compiled a list of additional reasons why people are on the hunt for new jobs this year.

  • Relationship with the Boss – This is not in a personal sense but in a lousy boss way. Many employees leave their jobs because their boss isn’t good at managing and makes their work-life chaotic and miserable.
  • Bored and Unchallenged – Bored Employees don’t engage with work. It’s best to give employees challenges to maintain their interest in the job and the company.
  • Relationships with Coworkers – When people spend more than 40 hours a week with the same people, toxic coworkers can quickly make a job miserable. Stay on the lookout for workplace bullies. On the flip side, employees that have friends at work often enjoy their work environment more and are willing to stay with a company longer.
  • Contributions – Employees want to feel that they help to contribute to a business’ success, which means that they need to feel connected to the bigger picture.
  • Autonomy and Independence – Businesses are responsible for creating a work environment that fosters autonomy and independence instead of controlling micromanagement.
  • Recognition – Employee recognition is a significant factor in employees’ overall happiness. 

By creating a positive company culture, businesses can work towards minimizing turnover this spring and summer.


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Showing Employee Appreciation

Instead of celebrating Employee Appreciation Day one day a year in March, more employers should learn to value their team and show appreciation for their hard work year-round. 

As we established last week in our article, Uncovering the Root Cause of Workplace Stress, it’s essential to create a psychologically and physically safe space for employees to help ensure they are happy to reduce overall turnover rates.

The following tips highlight the top six ways to appreciate employees throughout the year.

1. Ask Questions

It may seem silly, but just stopping to ask employees how they are doing and engaging in small talk can help break up the stress of important deadlines, strapping bandwidth and juggling multiple projects simultaneously. By incorporating caring, genuine conversations, you’ll enhance your relationships with employees at work.

2. Saying Thanks

Regularly thanking employees for their hard work, dedication and perseverance may seem obvious, but in today’s busy world, the small pleasantries are often overlooked and go unsaid. Instead of implying thanks, saying it has immediate benefits and helps employees see that their hard work is appreciated and positively contributes to the company’s overall success.

3. Checking In

Checking in on employees to see how their workload is, if they have any questions and if there is room for improvement gives them the sense of being heard and understood in today’s chaotic workplace. Engaging with employees on a deeper level helps build stronger relationships, which leads to deeper trust. 

4. Exploring Employees’ Strengths

When employees can showcase their strengths and work in those areas, their performance skyrockets, as they are more motivated to do better work. To help facilitate employees’ growth, identify the unique strengths that will allow them to build further skillsets going forward. By engaging employees and identifying their strengths, you can further boost their confidence and help them navigate their future career paths. 

5. Onboarding and Training

Proper onboarding and ongoing training for employees helps ensure they have the education and knowledge to do their job effectively. Training can significantly improve employee retention rates, setting the tone for employees’ careers at companies. 

6. Inclusivity

Having a diverse workforce helps foster creativity and innovative thinking. Encourage employees to connect on a personal level and not only focus on business conversations. Learn what causes stress and anxiety, as well as what brings employees joy and makes them feel valued. 

Spending eight to 10 hours a day with coworkers is a lot of time spent away from our families and personal obligations. By making our work hours fulfilling and meaningful, we can help to enrich the lives of those around us and foster a nurturing, healthy work environment.


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Uncovering the Root Cause of Workplace Stress

According to the American Institute of Stress, job stress is the primary source of stress for American adults, and it is progressively getting worse over the last several decades.

Long-term, increased stress can lead to all types of health conditions, including hypertension, heart attack, anxiety and sleep disorders. 

Americans are working longer and harder than ever before. A government report found that the number of hours worked increased by eight-percent in one generation by the late 1990s, which means that Americans went from working an average of 40 hours to 47 hours a week. Globally, Americans are different from other countries. While in 1995, workers in Japan worked more than Americans, now Americans put in an extra month more of work than the Japanese and an astounding three months more than those working in Germany. 

The Health Effects of Stress

Occupational stress can cause a variety of physical ailments, including:

  • 30 percent suffer from back pain
  • 28 percent complain of stress
  • 20 percent report feeling tired 
  • 13 percent suffer from headaches

Job Stress is Costly

According to the American Institute of Stress, job stress costs U.S. businesses more than $300 billion annually, which is primarily due to:

  • Absenteeism
  • Accidents
  • Employee turnover
  • Medical, legal and insurance-related costs
  • Poor productivity
  • Workers’ compensation claims

Common Causes of Workplace Stress

There are many reasons that workplace stress exists and occur on the job, such as:

  • Lack of clarity; unclear objectives
  • Insufficient employee support
  • Poor cohesion amongst teams and employees
  • Employees have little control over their work or experience micromanaging
  • Difficult or inflexible work hours
  • Psychological harassment
  • Poor management and lack of communication policies
  • Poor health and safety policies

Human resources departments should work to help companies minimize stressful environments, which can significantly boost employee satisfaction and retention rates.


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Preparing for Coronavirus: Infectious-Disease Plans

As coronavirus (COVID-19) begins spreading throughout the United States, employers need to stay educated about how to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel warnings and encourages people to clean their hands often – washing them with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Additionally, people must use their sleeve or tissue to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. 

Infectious-Disease Management Plans

If your business doesn’t have an infectious-disease management plan in place, now is the time to identify vulnerabilities in the event there is a significant outbreak. It’s not only essential that employers address this current outbreak, but experts are warning that if the coronavirus is not under control soon, it could return next winter even stronger.

An useful infectious-disease management plan addresses:

  • Employee travel restrictions
  • Provisions for employees traveling and unable to return home
  • Workplace safety precautions
  • Mandatory medical check-ups, medication and vaccinations
  • Mandatory reporting if an employee is exposed
  • Employee isolation or quarantine
  • Workplace shutdowns

Plans should include information for sick employees about staying home and telecommuting, if necessary. While the coronavirus hasn’t reached a pandemic, businesses should iron out these types of issues in advance.  

Even if you don’t have a specific plan related to infectious diseases, having a disaster-preparedness plan can also apply. As in the event of a hurricane or tornado, offices shut down. So too, would businesses if the coronavirus reaches a full pandemic level.

What Employers Can Do

Employers should stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus information through the CDC website. While the coronavirus is still in its infancy stages, its spread is evitable.

Here are some recommended employer strategies:

  • Encourage sick employees to stay at home
  • Separate sick employees and provide face masks, if necessary
  • Post posters that encourage clean hand hygiene, staying home when sick and sneeze and cough etiquette
  • Provide no-touch disposal receptacles and tissues for employees
  • Regularly clean the workplace and workstations
  • Post and disseminate CDC coronavirus posters and fact sheets
  • Post the CDC’s “Stop the Spread of Germs” poster

While pharmaceutical companies are rushing to test medications to ease coronavirus symptoms, there is no cure or vaccine currently in place. 


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