A supply chain recruitment veteran has identified four reasons why top performing talent leaves their procurement and supply chain jobs for pastures new. Learning the reasons why high-flying talent quit their procurement jobs isn’t easy. Few employees on the way out will freely air the grievances that led to their decision. Supply chain recruitment expert, Andrew Jones, has canvassed the views of leaving candidates and identified the four main reasons behind their move:

  1. Insufficient professional growth routes

Jones says: “Truly world-class candidates don’t view professional development as a series of escalating salaries. They’re hungry to mature in their role, embrace new opportunities, and serve their organization as a valuable resource.” A recent engagement survey from Gallup found that 32% of respondents reported that a lack of opportunity for professional development was their principal reason for leaving. Managers, Jones believes, must craft and communicate career paths and use regular check-ins with top performers to ensure they are moving through the ranks at the right pace.

  1. Insufficient flexibility

Contemporary employees with obvious talent expect a healthy work-life balance, and a schedule offering them built-in flexibility is more likely to keep them engaged than one without. Over half of the employees in the Gallup poll reported an absence of flexibility as a factor motivating them to switch jobs. Allowing remote working, paid time off, or customised schedules can improve this.

  1. Insufficient recognition

Being ignored after a job well done doesn’t go down well, especially among star performers. Reminding them that they are valued, even through something as simple as a public thank you, can go a long way. It doesn’t have to be a pay rise.

  1. Bad company culture

A workplace riddled with cliques, needless competition, and other kinds of toxic office politics will encourage top talent to move elsewhere.  Businesses must never allow toxicity to get out of hand, and counter it with a culture of transparency and constructive, to encourage feedback.