The turnover in my team is very high and that’s because of pay. Nobody will admit to this and certainly not in their exit interview. Would it be wise to just sit my manager down and tell them what’s up? Pay peanuts, get monkeys!


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The turnover on my team is very high and that's because of pay. No one will admit to this, and certainly not in their exit interview. Would it be smart to just sit my manager down and tell them what's up? After all, when you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a career and leadership coach, the head coach for, And I'll also say if you go to, I've got 1000s of posts that can help you with job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading, issues in the workplace.

I love this question. And I love it because this person, you, if you're watching this, actually believe that your manager has any influence on the outcome. They don't. They're a manager. Iif you're in a large institution, that's 32 levels removed from the real decision maker. And they're probably at the point where they understand this, because they can see the turnover. They're not stupid.

So you have to understand that a manager, his hands are tied by budget constraints that are made way above them. And thus, they're in a situation where they're damned if they do and they're damned if they don't, because, remember, they've gotten their job to worry about, too.

So I want to remind you of that line, "pay peanuts, you get monkeys." They want monkeys. They don't want people who can think. They don't expect that they're going . . . that people are going to stay. And these are commoditized positions. They're probably relatively inexperienced individuals. They know they're going to turn over when they're bored. They're gonna find someone else to do this job pretty easily.

So, it might if you really want to sit down with your manager, you might just simply say, "Boy, Joan, just quit. That's another one. Why do people keep leaving? Why do you think they leave?" And put it in their hands to really talk with you about what the scenarios are that they think. And you can say, one thing I know because they're not telling this the HR, I'm just telling you what I hear is they're leaving because they're getting more money elsewhere, "and then shut up.

You know, let your manager do what they do if they really think they can do something, and let it go. And if you don't like the outcome of this, you find another job, too.

I hope you find this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. My websites are again let's just stick with that one. Go there, go explore. There's a ton there Inthe blog to help you.

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Lastly, I've got a great podcast called No BS Job Search Advice Radio. It's number one in Apple podcasts for job search, and a YouTube channel that you can watch my videos there. Again, 1000s of videos there. My podcast more than 2000 videos . . . 2000 episodes.

Have a terrific day. Be great. Good luck. Take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes.

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