Employees quitting jobs in record numbers due to toxic workplaces

Almost a third (27%) of UK employees quit their job in the past year due to toxic workplace culture, according to HR software provider Breathe’s Culture Economy 2021 report.

Despite the pandemic’s negative impact on the job market, this was an increase of 6% from 2019 (21%). 

Jonathan Richards, CEO and founder of Breathe, said the feeling of isolation in national lockdowns has meant employees are fearful of toxic work environments as they need more stability and support.

Only half (51%) of employees said they were satisfied with their employer’s efforts in maintaining positive remote culture during the pandemic.

Once restrictions are lifted, Richards said employers could create a positive workplace culture by focusing on principles of trust and honesty.

Implementing processes which ensure people have the confidence to speak about issues impacting them and the reassurance that they will be listened to is an important step in creating a great place to work. The pandemic has made it mored difficult to understand how people are really feeling at work.

Richards said “A lack of visibility means that some may be suffering in silence, so regular check-ins, good communication and offers of support are ways HR teams can create a positive culture whilst working remotely.”

The report also found almost a quarter (24%) of SME employees said they are not afraid to pursue a different career in a different industry.

Exit interviews provide an opportunity to assess your overall employee experience within your organisation and identify opportunities to improve retention and engagement. When completed in a consistent and standardised way, these interviews can help you foster positive relationships and a welcoming working environment.

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