We all do it—quit our jobs; some people frequently and others only once in their entire lives. The latter are likely the happiest—well, hopefully. Just because someone works for a single company his or her entire life does not necessarily mean that person is happy. Luckily, many unsatisfied employees take the leap and quit their job. Wait, what? They quit just because they’re unhappy? Of course! Sometimes the psychological and physical effects of dissatisfaction in the workplace are simply no longer tolerable.
This brings us to the first reason and most important point in our article, as it encompasses all other reasons why people quit their jobs:
Top 10 reasons
Sad, but true: Every second employee is unhappy with his job (see YouGov, 2013). Dissatisfaction amongst the employees can translate to company failure for the employer. The consequences are many: poor customer contact, low quality work, loss of motivation, negative oral propaganda and the list goes on. But why are so many people around the world unsatisfied with their jobs? The most important reasons follow.
The 40 hour work week, which already robs everybody of free time and time with their families, becomes more unbearable when overtime is thrown on top of that. In many companies, this overtime is neither appreciated nor even compensated. Even when overtime is compensated, this is time wasted at work that will never be regained. Over time, this becomes unbearable and a frequent reason for quitting.
Good work is not rewarded or appreciated
It would be so simple, yet many employers or managers cannot manage to appreciate the work their employees do. Sometimes, an employee does not even receive a simple “Thank you”. Aside from that, many companies are lacking in rewards for good work. What about an extra day offer or a public accolade? If nothing happens, then the employees do not feel as if they are taken seriously, appreciated or even respected.
Lack of communication
Did something happen again that you had no clue about? Changes in the system, assignments, a goal or did you not even know that your employee was not reachable because he is on vacation? These sorts of things happen much more often than you might think, although a lack of two-way communication can have fatal consequences. Tasks are not correctly accomplished, customers receive misinformation; the list is long.
No additional training or opportunities for advancement
Many employees feel stuck. There are no opportunities for additional training or advancement within the company. Or is there? Sometimes, these are just simply not communicated. Each of these is a mistake. By not offering or not communicating such opportunities, the employee feels stuck and will eventually find someone who can engage him or her.
Lack of trust
Is my browsing history being monitored? Are my chat dialogues with colleagues being read? Can my boss see what I am doing all day? Regrettably, many employees feel strictly monitored by their employers. This leads to stress and lack of concentration. On the other hand, the employer does not trust his employee to actually do his or her job. But conversations with family or friends should not be considered taboo. These people are part of our lives and even at work they can give us renewed energy and motivation.
Employers do not support their employees’ interests
This applies to private and professional interests. For example, if an employee works in customer service yet has a burning interest for marketing, then this interest should be supported and encouraged. If an employee likes to play the guitar, then the employer can take a brief moment to watch or listen to a recording of him playing or give him a relevant gift card for his birthday or as a reward for doing his job well.
Lack of challenge
Employees often do not feel challenged in their work. This makes work mundane and one sided. Without challenges, the employee cannot develop and eventually feels bored.
No work-life balance
This is a very important point, especially for the younger generations. The importance of one’s own personal life is continuously increasing. Family, friends and free time are being more and more valued and viewed as having priority over work; rightfully so. Nobody says at the end of their lives, “I wish I would have spent more time at work.” No, they almost always say, “I should have spent more time with family and friends.” Flexible work hours, home office, trust-based work hours and the 6-hour workday are the modern mark of a well-functioning company.
Finally, a sadly reoccurring problem: bullying by the employer or by coworkers. The employer likes to impose his position of power over his employees. Employers discriminate based on gender, appearance, nationality, etc. There are multiple examples of bullying in the workplace and, ultimately, this is a solid and understandable reason for one to leave his or her current job.
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Facts cited from “Employee Engagement for Everyone” by Kevin Kruse (2013), “The Intuitive Laws Of Employee Loyality” by Heather R. Younger, J.D. (2017) and “9 Things That Make Good Employees Quit” von Dr. Travis Bradberry (2015).