Top 10 Reasons Why Employee’s Leave

It’s interesting that the most popular article I have ever written on this site is the one How to Resign. Here we are trying to help people find work and yet the main information visitors to our website are after is a quick and easy template for a resignation letter!

It became clear that we at Jobhunters HQ needed to find out the main reasons employees leave companies, and perhaps by doing that we can help both employers who are losing talented staff, and the number of people who end up having to search for new jobs.

1 – Job not as expected
This is the number one reason that employee’s leave according to our research both off and online. Make sure as an employer that you outline the job that you are hiring for in a realistic manner!

2- Job is not interesting, challenging or a good fit
Make sure as an employer that you hire the right person for the job, not just someone that can probably do the job. This is people’s lives that you are dealing with! It needs to be a good fit.

3 – Little or No Feedback/Coaching
As an employer you should give constant feedback to your team, not just some of them ( or your senior staff ). The others probably won’t pass it on, so either do it yourself or make sure that your team leaders do!

4 – Little or no hope for career growth
How about a little bit of hope for something better in the future? A career path? Many HR departments will be jumping up and down saying, yes we ask all our managers to work with their staff and help them with their career path but, seriously, is this happening? As it’s number four on the list we doubt it!

5- Not feeling valued or appreciated
Ever wanted a pat on the back for a job well done and not received it? Notice how quick management is to jump onto something when things aren’t going right, yet when things are going well often no one is recognised or praised for their hard work. Ask yourself as an employer which of your staff get all the recognition, and which get little or none at all?

6 – Feeling overworked and stressed
Work/life balance is something that can be tough to maintain at the best of times, let alone when you are working to deadlines and have your boss breathing down your neck (normally because his or her boss is breathing down their neck!) Remember this – if you are letting your employees become stressed out and feel overworked it is one of the main reasons they leave – so do this at your own risk!

7 – Lack of confidence and/or trust in leaders
Leaders sometimes need to remember that without their team they would be nothing! Think about that for a while and it becomes clear that leaders could well spend more of their time serving and looking after their staff, rather than treating them like inferior beings.

8- Management demands that one person do the jobs of two or more people
With redundancies and workplace cost reduction commonplace, this can often result in longer days and weekend work. If you can get the same type of job somewhere else and only have to do the work of one person why wouldn’t you leave?

9 – Management puts a freeze on raises and promotions, when an employee can easily find a job earning 20-30 percent more somewhere else.
Its hard to stomach getting little or no pay rises year after year, when other companies are doing and paying well!

10 – Communication
One of the reasons staff leave is because of little or inadequate communication from above. The more an employer gets down in the trenches and communicates with their staff the more empowered their staff will be.

Ironically, money doesn’t even rate in the top ten reasons why staff leave, yet employers often cite financial renumeration as the biggest hurdle they face when trying to retain staff.

The reasons are clear for those that want to listen, however will those that need to listen, hear?

What Annoys You About Your Co-Workers?

Chances are there is someone at work that annoys the crap out of you – and you don’t know how or are not quite sure of the best way to deal with the situation.

If this describes you then you should take a few minutes and read this article – you will soon see that you are not alone!

What kind of things annoy people at work?
Well I managed to do an anonymous survey of people from a range of different backgrounds ( None that I directly work with ) and asked them what were the things that annoyed them most about co-workers, here is the pick of what they came up with.

  • Colleagues that bring their kids into the office, letting them use someone else’s PC while they sit and pick their noses all day long!
  • The co-worker that asks for help while talking really close to your face and having bad breath.
  • That colleague that spits all over you while talking to you about a work problem.
  • People that bug you for help when they can see you are having lunch.
  • The colleague that asks you a simple question and cc’s your boss so that you have to answer them or act quickly when they could have just asked you and you would have done it anyway.
  • Those that send you an email, then come to your desk to tell you that they sent you an email.
  • That workmate that talks really loudly on the phone to their friend why you are trying to get some work done.
  • The Manager that micro-manages every little thing that you do.
  • The colleague that keeps talking in the middle of a conversation, Interrupting it.
  • Those that instead of doing their job and helping a colleague end up chatting about family issues on the phone.
  • Stealing someone else’s thunder – that irritating co-worker that takes the credit for your hard work!
  • Co-workers that grease up to and brown nose management, instead of just getting on with the job.
  • The co-worker that insists on sending emails at all hours of the night, especially cc’d to management to show everyone how hard they are working above and beyond the call of duty
  • The clockwatcher – That fellow worker that refuses to work a minute more than they are required.
  • Co-workers that eat noisely at their desk and leave a mess of food ( or stink the place out with their fish curry )

We would love to hear what you find most annoying about past or present co-workers so please share with us!!! ( Leave a comment )

Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone

It’s something that happens to many of us in our jobs/careers. We get stuck in our comfort zone. That nice warm secure place where we can waltz in late for work, and head home early. We have the job fully under control and just go through the paces. Sleeping at night is easy, you don’t need to worry about new challenges or being asked to do something that you aren’t ready to deal with.

The comfort zone at work normally kicks in around the 1 – 2 year mark once you have figured out what you are actually doing, and start to be able to manage your job without the fierce concentration and effort that the early days often require.

Often this is where you end up staying for a long, long time, however it’s interesting to see what happens when people break out of their comfort zones, and go for something a little more challenging. Sometimes a break out is forced, due to redundacy, moving to another area or any one of a multitude of possibilities.

“People are afraid to rock the boat in which they hope to drift safely through life’s currents, when, actually, the boat is stuck on a sandbar. They would be better off to rock the boat and try to shake it loose, or, better still, jump in the water and swim for the shore.” Thomas Szasz

Getting out of your comfort zone is not easy for anyone and here we talk about ways that can help give you an injection of motivation to do something about your situation.

Change your way of thinking
One of the most important things you need to do is attempt to change your way of thinking. Rather than continually reassuring yourself that you are doing the right thing, staying where you are and drifting along, begin instead to realise that actually you are doing the wrong thing.

Once this starts to sink home you can start to be more positive about taking some action to avoid becoming a cooked frog. (An experiment done in 1872 showed that a frog would not notice the temperature slowly rising in a saucepan and would stay there until the water boiled and killed the frog)

Plan your future out
If you don’t know where you are heading why would you even think about changing direction? Think about that for a while and make some plans for the future. What kind of job do you see yourself doing? How much money do you think you should be earning?

Once you answer these questions you will start to be able to see what you need to do to achieve your ambitions.

Chances are it won’t be staying at your boring job, watching the clock pass each minute of the day!