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Good leaders can cost overqualified employees…

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New research from The Netherlands suggests that far from keeping the best employees, the best leaders can encourage some who may be overqualified for their roles to move on. The three-year research study assessed the factors that lead to employee turnover in organisations and looked at a number of factors relating to whether the employee is likely to stay or leave an organisation over time. Let’s look at the factors before going into why good ‘leader / member exchange’ can result in turnover of the overqualified.

Factors that lead to a leave or go decision

Not all people suit their jobs or jobs suit the people. People of a younger age may drift from job type to job type while they find their best fit in the world – this is part of growing up and to some extent a flexible and mobile workforce is good for an economy. High turnover, while a fact of life for some sectors, is expensive for the organisation and there is naturally an urge across all sectors to work out how to retain the best staff over time to reduce costs, if nothing else.

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