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Almost half of workers think their boss has a staff retention problem

Nearly half of workers think that their boss has a staff retention problem.

They could well be right, seeing that more than half of UK workers have had an ex-colleague try to poach them for their new employer. More than a quarter of those accepted the offer.

This is according to a survey from Adecco of over 1,000 workers. It suggested that employers may need to do more to stop groups of workers 'jumping ship'.


Engaged workers don't jump

Engaged workers in an engaging workplace are much less likely to be looking out for greener pastures - and less likely to take dissatisfied colleagues away with them too.

Alex Fleming, managing director of Adecco Retail, said, 'Whilst poaching is a common problem, it can also be a symptom of wider issues in a company.

'Weak management, low levels of pay and bad team fit all contribute to an unhappy worker who is more likely to jump on an opportunity if an ex-worker serves it to them on a plate.'


Acas publications and services

Acas can help you improve Employee engagement . The pdf icon Advisory booklet - The People Factor [937kb] unravels the puzzle about good employment relations, explaining what motivates workers and makes workplace interactions positive and productive.

Recent discussion papers on Productivity by Keith Sissons and Ewart Keep provide some insight into how better employment relations can help fix the productivity puzzle.

Acas experts can also visit your organisation to monitor and analyse staff turnover, identify issues and develop practical solutions with you. See Recruitment and Retention: how Acas can help for more details.

Practical training on Staff retention will help you tackle toxic workplace cultures and find the route to successful employee engagement.

For free, impartial advice and guidance visit Acas Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

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