It is really sarcastic how most of the teenagers and young people these days are constantly complaining about being in high school or college and they are, literally, counting down to the day when they will finally be graduates, but, unfortunately, they are not really aware of what could possibly be waiting for them. Every fresh graduate has always had the enthusiasm of joining the world of work and employment, building a lot of dreams and setting goals to achieve. It is all fun and exciting until you hit a hard surface, realizing that your full-time job did not turn out to be like you have always imagined, it sounds familiar, right?
You wake up every day feeling lazy, unproductive, and unable to carry yourself even to the bathroom to change your clothes and get ready; you surely want to quit more than anything in the world, but there are a lot of responsibilities and bill checks that will haunt you forever if you are not able to find another job as soon as you can. Have you ever thought where all the enthusiasm you once had is gone? Are you wondering why things have turned out 180º? Well, maybe you are on the other side; an employer and, unfortunately, you are losing your best calibers ever and you are trying to prevent that from happening, right? Whether you are an employer who wants to keep the good employees or an employee who wants to save yourself from being a victim of the dilemma of quitting, this article introduces you the top ten reasons why people quit their jobs, so you, as an employer or employee, can be more able to avoid them.
10 No more room for challenging
Being challenged is one of the top reasons that keep people motivated to exert more effort and perform better. It is like playing a video game that you keep trying on beating your highest score every time you start playing, but let us assume that the game has gone steady and all you keep on doing is just the same thing you have been doing for a whole week or even a whole month? Exactly, you will definitely be bored, won’t you? Well, this is exactly how work feels for employees; if they are no longer challenged, quit becomes their inevitable destination and they start searching for another job that is more challenging, so they can enjoy doing it. Your role as an employer is to keep your employees feeling challenged, so they do not hate their work from the third day and decide to just leave.
9 A noxious work environment
Of course, work is not similar to high school; you do not get to choose the people you interact with on a daily basis because simply, you are all working together for the sake of one organization, besides, people at workplace tend, or are actually obliged, to work professionally. However, that does not change the fact that your workplace will prevent you from encountering people who are toxic to your life, no matter how hard you try to limit your interaction with them. Some personalities are not really easy to handle, consequently, the supposed-to-be a professional place turns into a gossiping morass, creating even more conflicts. Such behaviors lead the employees to feel the toxicity that is floating around their environment, pushing them to consider quitting. In addition, the toxic environment is not only limited to the gossiping and the hard personalities, but it also includes being in a competitive place where the employee feels like his energy and potentials are being drained rather than challenged and motivated.
8 Scheduling conflicts
This is a real conflict for everyone; nobody likes having their life be confusing and exhausting. You surely need to relax in order to recharge your batteries and go back to performing your daily tasks and duties with a great productivity. When an employee finds himself unable to schedule a proper vacation, he will definitely start considering quitting because the tasks will keep on piling up without him getting the chance to take a break. According to a lot of researches previously conducted, employees who are unable to take advantage of the resting time and enjoying a relatively long vacation will, eventually, face a downward spiral in their production and be discouraged from working hard; consequently, dissatisfaction will take place and quit will become a desire.
7 Problems with promotions
Learning is not limited to the years of education; in fact, it is an essential process that should take place in every productive environment, consequently, employees will appreciate learning new things within their workplace; they also appreciate it, even more, when they feel valued. Employees feel their value when they are capable of applying all their new gained potentials and improved skills and, in return, they get promotions. Ambitious workers are always expecting to get promoted when they exert a great effort in learning and gaining knowledge on every single day during their working experience, but when these expectations do not take place, the employees start feeling unappreciated and that their hard work is taken for granted, so quitting definitely becomes a better option.
6 Management plays a great role
Unfortunately, there are a lot of highly skilled employees that surely need to get promoted, and they do, but not every clever employee is qualified for being a manager. Of course, skills play a great role in promoting the employees, but what is really required in a manager is having proficient communication skills in order to be able to understand his/her employee’s needs. Managers play a role in either helping their employees feeling motivated or otherwise. We have seen a lot of movies and read different stories about people complaining about their bosses; although movies and media tend to portray this relationship in a funny way, it is not fun in real life at all; a lot of workers have poor opinions when it came to their bosses. However, bosses are supposed to be role models and inspiration for their employees. Those who use threatening and yelling as a method of communication fail in presenting the image that they were supposed to present.
5 An unbelievable pile of endless work
Work is an essential stage in every independent person’s life; there is nowhere to run away from that inevitable responsibility; however, you do not have to perceive work that way. If you are doing what you love, you will hardly realize the conflicts that every job has. On the other hand, your job should not be your foremost priority. Do not ditch every other thing in your life but work; nobody has ever found happiness that way, even the most workaholic people tend to regret all the time that they wasted working without being able to enjoy their lives. If an employee’s work is causing an imbalance in his life that he never gets the chance to enjoy life and have fun, he will definitely consider leaving. Too much work can benefit an employee when it comes to learning new skills and improving their old ones, but it works against them when it reaches the point when it becomes their whole life, especially those who are obliged to work or finish some tasks outside their working hours; too much work can lead to a burnout which, consequently, leads to leaving.
4 Very low salaries
Life keeps going at a fast pace and with all the progress and advancement comes a price; the prices keep on outpouring. With all the constantly surging prices, a lot of people have become unable to cover their essential needs without sacrificing something in return, either the relaxing opportunities or the times they get to spend with their loved ones and, unfortunately, most of the companies do not care, still paying their employees low salaries, not considering the fact that these salaries are no longer sufficient. Being paid a very low salary is certainly one of the very top reasons why employees tend to consider quitting. A lot of researches have proven this fact, getting a number of over 10,000 working adults who are willing to quit their jobs due to their near-the-ground wages.
3 Being disconnected from the Organization’s whole strategy
Working in an organization means that each single person has an important role to perform, so every employee needs to feel connected to the environment he/she is working at. Managers are obliged to take the time and effort to inform each and every employee with the duties that they are required to perform as well as the contributions that their jobs add to the business plan and the whole strategy of the organization. As a result, the employees will feel appreciated and that they are of great value and contribution to the organization they work for.
2 Autonomy and independence
Autonomy and independence are essential feelings that every employee needs to achieve inside the organization they work for, but actually, they are traits that are incapable of being given materialistically, however; it is the manager’s responsibility to create an environment where the employee feels independent and empowered, so he/she keeps on pursuing his/her dreams within the walls of the organization, otherwise; the employees will start looking for other places where they feel more empowered and once they find them, you have lost your employees.
1 Having a totally different passion
As an employee, you need to be pursuing your passion by doing what you really like, so you do not have the face the dilemma of wanting to quit while having a pile of responsibilities and bills. And as an employer, unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about that if your employees felt that they are in the wrong place. All you can do is just to let them go and look for a replacement who is capable of performing the duties with efficiency.