According to the Society for Human Resource Management, the number one reason why as many as one-fourth of new hires leave their jobs within the first year is because of unrealistic expectations about their job.

As mentioned in the article, 33 percent of employers see between 10 percent and 25 percent of their new hires leave, voluntarily or involuntarily, and another 11 percent of employers see between 25 percent and 50 percent of new hires leave. Two percent have more than 50 percent of their new hires leave within the first year, according to Novations Group, a Boston-based global consulting firm.

According to the Society's newsletter, managers have not done a good job at describing and communicating to the job candidates what the job and organization is all about. The lack of information and miscommunication results in increased turnover.

Among the reasons the 2,046 senior HR and development executives gave for new hires leaving:
• Unrealistic expectations of the job and organizations, cited by 47.9 percent.
• Failure to grasp how things get done around the organization, 38.7 percent.
• Poor communications with immediate supervisor, 33.1 percent.
• Failure to develop a sense of belonging and purpose, 26.4 percent.
• Inadequate technical skills, 22.7 percent.
• Not understanding the link between the job and organizational goals, 20.9 percent.
• Failure to connect with key employees, 17.8 percent.
• Inability to quickly establish trust and credibility, 12.9 percent.
• Poor people skills, 12.9 percent.

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