6 Reasons Why People Quit Their Jobs22nd January 2016 | George Atkins
Unfortunately, not everyone is happy in his or her job and, as a result, people quit from time to time, that’s just a part of working life for most. However, each person’s living situation is understandably different and there are a myriad of reasons for individuals to quit their jobs. But if your company is losing it’s best staff every time, then there may be something wrong with staff treatment that seems to push them away; with that in mind, here are 6 reasons why employees quit their jobs.
They Don’t Feel Valued
It’s common sense really; if you don’t feel like your adding value to a company, the urge to leave for another job is strong. Continuous feedback is what is required by employers to make their employees know that they matter. It is not just a case of letting someone “get on” with his or her job, many workers want to learn skills crucial to career development and want to work with their employers at the same time. Additionally, salary also plays a factor; 66% of employees cite their pay as the main reason for leaving a job, so keep this in mind if there is someone you really don’t want to see leave your company.
A “Bad” Manager/ Boss
The reason might be down to one individual aka the boss; you just can’t stand them and it’s affecting your work life. A good manager should do just that; they should manage a team and help to improve team skills over time, not simply keep them under observation. As an employer, you need to invest time, money and resources into your team to get the very best of them and dissuade them from leaving their current job role. Gone are the days where workers will simply accept turning up for work and knuckling down for the day; now, a bit more care and attention is what is required to guarantee you hold on to your best and brightest. Speaking of which…
Lack of Communication
Nobody likes being left out of important meetings, memos and other work-based communication, especially when these events are instrumental in the professional career growth of that individual. What’s more, the interaction between colleagues is a important facet to consider when looking at why people leave their jobs; as mentioned, if you are feeling isolated in your role, one of the obvious choices is to move on and find a company where you feel that you “belong”. Don’t let work productivity always overshadow employee happiness; long-term, it is better to invest early on and help to manage a team’s skill set for maximum efficiency further down the line.
Efforts are Not Recognised or Acknowledged
Effective, constructive feedback should be based around this adapted S.M.A.R.T checklist:
- Specific: Link it to a company value or behaviour you want to see repeated.
- Measurable: Track who is giving and receiving recognition within the company.
- Authentic: Always mean what you say and say what you mean (either positive or negative, but always constructive).
- Regular: 8 Times a year for recognition has the most impact.
- Timely: Recognise immediately, and amplify the good feeling of that very moment.
Using this system, employers can make sure that their employees are well informed, remain motivated and have room for personal development as well.
There is No Room to Advance
It may simply be a case of limited hierarchy to climb that drives employees away from a job. Moving on to a bigger company may just be part of that individual’s career plan, and making sure that they feel respected and appreciated at work is the best thing you can do to try and persuade them otherwise. However, as mentioned, if your company is not large enough or you are not looking to expand, then there isn’t too much you can do for them!
Too Much Work
This might sounds like a “cop-out” but having too much work on your plate can be detrimental to the well being of employees. There should always be some down time to contrast with work hours, otherwise workers can become burnt out, frustrated and start looking for other jobs elsewhere. 39% of employees said they were dissatisfied with their work/ social life balance and believe it or not, giving workers more hours in work doesn’t necessarily equate to higher productivity.
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