Why do good employees leave?

Biz Compass


Bill Marklein
Founder and chief executive officer, Employ Humanity LLC

“Good employees sometimes leave because their employer was doing all the right things. This starts with leadership establishing a workplace culture with the mission of creating better versions of people and providing resources and a path to achieve individual goals in work and life.”


Praveen Rao
Digital solutions leader – North America, IBM

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“Star employees often leave mainly because of the company’s culture: 1) when the corporate culture encourages mediocrity in such a way that it offers no appreciation or reward for going the extra mile or 2) when the culture is hyper measurement-oriented, leaving employees feeling suffocated from doing the right thing.”


Dave Libert
Interim executive director, Sweet Water

“Good employees leave because they are not being heard, lack professional growth opportunities or can’t get their work done at a quality level. The best way to frustrate a good employee is to not get them the answers they need to move the work forward.”

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Diane Welhouse
Executive director, NARI Milwaukee Inc. 

“Leaders need to genuinely care about their people. Employees want acknowledgment, empathy and opportunities to grow and develop their confidence and skills. They’re looking to be challenged and want to be creative. If they’re not getting that, they leave. Leaders need to create and foster a culture where everyone can grow to be their best.”     


Don Lavrenz
President, The Industrial Controls Co. Inc. 

“Because employers do not eliminate bad employees. The workplace is now an environment where employees expect everyone to contribute at their same level and to work together. We’ve seen that if someone is a ‘bad egg’ or a low performer, good employees will go somewhere where they feel they have other high performers around them. It allows the team to be more successful.”

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