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Reasons Why People Leave Their Jobs

June 22, 2022by Barbara Flynn0

With the current job market, it is more important now than ever to make sure employers are doing everything they can to retain and recruit the best employees.  One may think that money and benefits are the prime motivator to leave a current employer but that is not necessarily the case.

A recent poll listed reasons people leave their employer.  Here are five of those reasons that are not related to compensation or benefits:

  1. I was discriminated against

It may not be intentional, but one could feel they are being discriminated against if passed over for a promotion or not given approval for time off.  It is so important to be aware of any potential behaviors that can be construed as discriminatory practices.

  1. I have no respect for my boss

The behavior of a supervisor or manager can cause employees to lose respect for them.  Proper training is critical.  Management should behave with the highest integrity and ethical standards.  They should lead by example and be aware of how their actions come across to their employees.

  1. I filed a complaint

Be careful not to retaliate against someone who may complain.  Employees may be sensitive to any change in behavior after they may have filed a complaint against someone or practice.

  1. I thought I was doing a great job

It is so important to communicate performance (good and bad) to employees.  There should never be any surprises when the time comes to terminate and employee for cause.

  1. My boss is gossiping about me

Management training can help eliminate the gossip factor.  Let’s face it, we are all human, but we need to know that there is no place in the workplace for gossip – whether it be co-workers or management.

So you see, it’s not always about the money.  People want to look forward to coming to work. It is critical that employers know that and do what they can to provide a healthy environment.

Barbara Flynn, MSHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP


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