The truth behind why people quit their jobs

It’s been called “The Great Resignation” – the ongoing trend of employees voluntarily leaving their jobs during the pandemic, a time when you’d think people would be clinging onto their jobs like never before, but rather doing the opposite. In this blog, we cover the main reasons why. Which one do you resonate with? Leave us a comment below.

People want to work for a company whose values align with their own

Have you even done a job you might actually quite like, but in a company that’s only concerned about the bottom line, or doesn’t practice what they preach in terms of company values, vision and mission? Leaving your integrity at home will quickly start to chip away at your sense of pride in working for the company, which will affect your motivation levels and willingness to commit long-term.

People want to work for someone they trust and respect

“People don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses”. A bad boss may very well be admired for their experience and expertise in their field, but fail at leading by example, showing they care about their employees’ wellbeing, working to people’s strengths and personal motivators, being approachable etcetera. A lack of trust and respect will affect the whole culture of the company, with employees eventually walking out as a result.

People want to work with people they like

No wonder you feel deflated if you spend approximately 38h per week among people you don’t really like! Do you see the people you work with as “your type of people”? Or do you struggle to find things to talk about over lunches? Do you actually not care at all about what they did over the weekend? Do you put on a fake smile to sing happy birthday to them? Chances are your time with the company is limited.

People want to be appreciated in a way that resonates with them

We all have an innate need to feel valued, in both our personal and professional lives. If you don’t get any recognition for your hard work, your input and your contributions to the success of their team and the company overall, it’s easy to start feeling like you’re just a number rather than an important part of the organisation. Giving employees some positive feedback or recognition for a job well done every now and then doesn’t seem too be too hard, and yet it’s lacking from countless workplaces.

People want to have a voice

Organisations that are entirely led top-down with little to no room for people on other levels to influence or suggest better ways of working are living in the past. Needing to simply show up to work to take orders and tick off the same list every day isn’t going to cut it anymore.

They want to know what they need to do to succeed and how that success will be measured

Vague goals and expectations make people lose sight of their target. Everybody loves that feeling of accomplishment and managers need to make it clear what success looks like in the different roles of a company, in order for their employees to achieve it and get the personal reward that follows.

People want to learn, grow, and develop in their careers

Humans are wired to keep evolving, to improve, to grow their skills, to tackle new challenges. When every day feels like Groundhog Day, when you feel like you “could do you job with your eyes closed” and when there’s no room for growth, employees will look elsewhere for those opportunities to develop themselves.

People want to be inspired to go the extra mile

How good does it feel to exceed expectations, whether your own or others! Give people enough time, space and resources to do so and they usually will, especially if it gets noticed.

People want to spend most of their day doing work they love

One thing that this pandemic has done for us is challenge us to rethink what matters most to us in life – and being happy is usually right at the top of the list. Money alone isn’t enough to make us love a job.

Neither is the ability to do it well – there needs to be something more!

We’re living in a time when sky is the limit in terms of opportunities and people are tired of simply settling, when in fact achieving our wildest dreams is actually also an option!

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