Welcome to the Summer Camp Leadership blog. For those of us who lead summer camps, making a positive difference in the lives of young people is our passion. Turning that passion into a reality, however, takes more than the ability to lead songs, teach archery or plan craft projects. Creating camp experiences that truly transform lives takes leadership. Leadership that creates a vision for the future, leadership that inspires and engages others, leadership that remains focused and stays the course. My hope is through this blog you'll find ideas, inspiration and tools to help you be a great summer camp leader.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Why Employees Quit

In the tight labor market we're experiencing, retaining good employees is one of the biggest challenges we face as leaders. Keeping the talented people we've invested the time and effort to train is critical.

A 2018 study of 25,000 employees identified the top five reasons employees leave. They include:

  1. Poor management performance
  2. Lack of employee recognition
  3. Overworked employees
  4. Company culture not a priority
  5. No growth opportunities 
In looking at the reasons on the list, the reality is they all point in one direction...to us as leaders. They reinforce the axiom that employees don't leave organizations, they leave bosses. Think about where you and the other leaders in your organization are in relationship to these reasons employees leave. 
  • Are you the kind of leaders people want to work for?
  •  Do you consistently recognize employees in meaningful ways? 
  • Are you realistic in what you ask of employees? 
  • Do you have a clearly defined culture that you actively promote?
  • Are you creating opportunities for employees to grow and develop?