Although many employers are blaming the recession for increased levels of staff turnover, in reality as many as a third should look to their own poor communication and unsupportive company culture as the main culprits.
Nigel Watson, managing director of performance management specialists Q4 Solutions, claimed that many businesses were simply "burying their heads in the sand" on the issue, but it was nonetheless a key challenge for between 20 and 30% of UK organisations.
"With the proliferation of internet job agency sites such as Monster.com, employees are now more aware than ever of what other opportunities exist and with what benefits and they are, therefore, more expectant of their employer than ever before," he said.
While staff were unlikely to get every job they applied for, the problem was that once they started looking, they effectively "put themselves on the subs bench" and it was only a matter of time before they left, Watson added.
His statement came only a week after a survey of more than 4,000 employees undertaken by market research company GfK NOP revealed that one in four workers were currently disengaged and planning to leave their current employer.
The research found that 13% of workers intended to quit as soon as possible, while a further 11% hoped to do so within the next 12 months. Much of the unhappiness was caused by the measures that employers had taken to cut costs during difficult economic time. About 26% of those questioned said that their companies had introduced recruitment freezes, while 21% pointed to across-the-board pay freezes.
Among those organisations still taking cost containment action, some 13% of respondents said they were being offered reduced training opportunities, while 18% were still being affected by reorganisation moves.
As a result, nearly a quarter of workers indicated that their job satisfaction levels were lower than last year, with only 18% saying it was higher. About three in ten also said that morale was worse than a year ago, with public sector staff being worst affected (37%).