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7 Most Common Reasons Why Employees Leave A Company

7 Most Common Reasons Why Employees Leave A Company

A steady, well-trained workforce is one of the many keys to a successful business. It’s always a significant loss when company time and resources are invested in an employee who then leaves prematurely. Some employees quit due to health problems or some other unavoidable reason; however, most leave of their own accord and many of these departures can be avoided. This is especially important if isolated incidents turn into an exodus.

In many cases, it is the working environment rather than low pay that prompts an employee to leave. Fortunately, a simple analysis may explain why employees are “voting with their feet” and choosing to leave a business. By talking openly with current and former employees, recruiters, managers and business owners can discover the reasons behind unhappiness and why people choose to leave. They can then work to rectify an unhappy working environment. Here are seven of the most common reasons why employees leave a company:

1. An inflexible schedule can be very problematic for an employee.

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    Employers and supervisors sometimes forget that employees have lives outside of the workplace and fail to offer or even consider a flexible schedule. A stringent, five-day, forty-hour working week leaves little time for conducting business outside of the business. Increasing hours Monday through Thursday so employees work four ten-hour days then have a long weekend each weekend, is one way some employers are addressing this problem.

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    Another option is to hire two people to share the role. Employers gain in having a broader perspective brought to the position, and the workload can be expanded. Telecommuting is also becoming highly favored in the workplace as more people take advantage of better technology. Productivity is increased and employees may schedule their own workday and week.

    2. Management may be causing problems rather than solving them.

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        Surprisingly, sometimes an employee advanced to management is a poor manager. A manager may also have poor habits, such as being too attached to his or her email, smartphone, or computer. Inattention to employee needs can cause an employee to leave out of frustration. Managers who are too busy or too distracted to listen to employee concerns are definitely a problem that needs to be addressed.

        A manager who cannot be bothered to assist employees, or who sloughs off their responsibilities, or who blames others for departmental problems is giving off warning signs of extremely poor management. Perhaps, even, the manager is failing to challenge his or her employees, or sets goals that are unrealistic or are all talk and no action. These are also indicators of a bad manager.

        3. Opportunities to advance are not available to talented and gifted employees.

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          Upward mobility is important to every employee and career stagnation can bring those dreams to a grinding halt. There is more to working than a paycheck. Of course, pay is a big motivator, but it is not a major motivator. People like to feel that they are being challenged or that they are the “go-to” person to resolve particular problems. No one likes to feel they are replaceable or mere cogs in a larger mechanism.

          Non-existent training programs or work delegations often contribute to this problem. Performance evaluations that are specific to work development may assist in stemming an employee exodus. If an employee knows where and how improvement can be implemented, the employee will likely choose to stay over searching for a new position.

          4. Employers sometimes devalue their workers, creating a hostile work environment.

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            Employees who do not feel valued or respected in the workplace will leave. It is simply an issue that employees do not and will not endure to stay in a workplace. Disrespect in the workplace causes a significant reduction in productivity as well. As the working relationship is dissolved, expensive high employee turnover is the result.

            Part of the work ethic, discipline, and enjoyment of work is derived from being a known and valued employee. A lack of appreciative respect on the part of the employer reflects poorly to potential customers and in the market as well. In other words, new and returning customers take note of this and will begin to wonder: If employees are derided, is the customer possibly undervalued as well?

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            5. Management has failed to provide proper support to employees.

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                Employees may begin to feel taken advantage of when support is lacking in the workplace. Perhaps, in order to cut costs, the employer has a single employee working in the role of two or even three people. Or an employee spends a great amount of his or her time on tasks outside his or her job description, such as copying, stuffing envelopes, or other unrelated clerical duties.

                Another example of lack of support is requiring the employee to ‘fill-in’ for other important roles. Inexperience quickly leads to frustration as the new tasks go undone or are so demanding that the role the person was hired for goes unfulfilled. A lack of support feeds into an employee’s feelings of disrespect, further causing the employee to feel alienated and ultimately leave the company.

                6. An out-of-date policy may cause an employee to walk.

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                  A failure to address employee concerns in a timely manner leads to overwhelming frustration. Problems can and should be addressed quickly and soundly. Another frustrating aspect is that the employee may find themselves constantly addressing a problem that could easily be solved with updated policy. Policies that address the conduct of teamwork, supervisor-employee relationships, access to social media in the workplace, or the length of time it may take to resolve an issue are all examples of this. Policies that are outdated, or compliance and implementation procedures that seem to take forever, can often encourage an employee to look elsewhere for employment.

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                  7. A shift in core values can cause an employee to quit.

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                    A change in the central core values of a company often has a negative effect on an employee. The employee may find that his or her personal values are now incongruent with those of the company. An employee may find that the value change is not something he or she had signed on for when choosing to work there. Rather than compromise, very often the employee will simply leave.

                    An example of a core value shift may be witnessed at a political scale. Health plans that protect women are now federally mandated, and private organizations are finding themselves at odds with the sweeping change. Companies are choosing to ‘walk away’ from the mandate by suing and refusing to implement the new policy.

                    Have you ever found a working environment so bad you felt you had to leave? Have you ever had your complaints to management heard and successfully redressed? What do you find intolerable in the workplace? Let us know in the comments below.

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                    Last Updated on January 13, 2020

                    Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

                    Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

                    Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to determine next steps.

                    Many people settle for a career that no longer brings satisfaction. Most will respond by stating, “I am surviving” if a colleague asks them “How’s work?”

                    Settling for a job to pay bills and maintain a lifestyle is stagnation. You can re-direct the journey of a career with confidence by taking control of future decisions. After all, you deserve to be live a happy life that will offer a work-life balance.

                    Let’s look at the reasons why you need a career change and how to choose a career for a more fulfilling life.

                    How to Know if You Need a Career Change?

                    The challenges of dissatisfaction in a career can have a negative impact on our mental health. As a result, our mental health can lead to the obvious appearance of stress, aging, weight gain and internal health issues.

                    You deserve a career that will fulfill the inner desire of true happiness. Here are common factors that it is time for you to change your career.

                    Physical Signs

                    Are you aging since you started your job? Do you have anxiety? What about work-related injuries?

                    It feels amazing to receive a pay cheque, but you deserve to work in an environment that brings out the best of you. If the work environment is hazardous, speak to your boss about alternative options.

                    In the case that colleagues or your boss take advantage of your kindness, feeling the anxiety of fear of losing your job because of a high-stress environment may not be right for you.

                    Mental Signs

                    One out of five Americans has mental health issues, according to Mental Health America.[1] In most cases, it is related to stress.

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                    I remember working at a job in a work environment where harassment was acceptable. I had to walk on eggshells to avoid crossing the line with colleagues. My friends started to notice the difference in that I seemed out of character. It was then that I knew that changing a career to freelancing was the right decision.

                    Here is a list of mental signs of workplace unhappiness:

                    • The tension in your neck
                    • Difficulties with sleeping
                    • Unable to concentrate
                    • High anxiety
                    • Depression

                    If you start to feel your self-esteem is diminishing, it is time to consider if working in a high-stress industry is for you. The truth is, this negative energy will be transferred to people in your life like friends and family.

                    Are You Sure You’re Not Changing for the Wrong Reason?

                    Most people that feel they need a career are frustrated with their situation at work. Do you really understand your current situation at work?

                    The reason it is important to think about the work situation is some people decide to change career for factors that are insignificant. Factors that can potentially change if the person works in a different department or new organization.

                    Here is a list of unimportant factors to think about before you decide to make the transition:

                    Desire for an Increase of Salary

                    The desire for a higher income can persuade some to believe they are in the wrong career. The issue with this is more money requires more time in the office or taking on several positions at a time.

                    At times, pursuing a high-income role can be the complete opposite of what one is expected. It is what happens when a colleague leaves a company to a new one and returns several years later.

                    Overnight Decision

                    Let’s face it. We make overnight decisions when stressed out or disappointed with situations at work. The problem with a quick decision is the negative and positive points is overlooked.

                    Rejected for a Promotion

                    I have heard stories of managers that applied ten times for a position throughout a 5-year period. Yes, it sounds to be a lengthy process, but at times, a promotion requires time. Avoid changing a career if you do not see the results of a promotion currently.

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                    Bored at Work

                    Think deeply about this point. If you work a job that is repetitive, it is normal to feel bored. You can spice it up by changing the appearance of your desk, socializing with new employees in a different department, joining a leadership committee at work or coming to work with enthusiasm. Sometimes, all it takes is you to change jobs into a fun situation.

                    A career change can take time, networking, education and the job search process can be a journey. Here is a list of things to consider before making a final decision:

                    • How long have you worked in your career?
                    • What is the problem at work? Do you work well with the team?
                    • Do you receive recognition?
                    • Can you consider working in a new department?

                    If after reviewing your work situation and none of the above recommendations can help, then it’s time to make a career change.

                    How a Career Change Will Change Your Life

                    I have a friend that works in the medical industry. She was once a nurse working directly with patients in one of the top hospitals in her area. After five years, she started to internalize the issues with her patients to the point where she felt depressed after work hours. It impacted her relationship with her family and she almost lost herself.

                    One day, she decided to wake up and take control of her destiny. She started applying for new medical jobs in the office. It meant working on medical documentation of patients which is not an ideal career based on what society expects a medical professional to perform. But she started to feel happier.

                    It is a classic example of a person that was negatively impacted by issues at work, stayed in the same industry but changed careers.

                    A career change can fulfill a lifelong dream, increase one’s self-esteem or revive the excitement for one’s work.

                    You know a career change can be the right decision to make if you experience one or all of these:

                    • Working in a negative workplace: Don’t be discouraged. A negative workplace can be changed by working at a new organization.
                    • Working with a difficult boss: The challenges of working with a difficult boss can be stressful. All it takes is communication. You can address the issue directly with a manager professionally and respectfully.
                    • Feeling lost about what you do: Most people stay at their jobs and settle for mediocrity because of the fear of failure or the unknown. The rise to success often comes with working a tedious role or stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. If you fear the idea of being involved in activities that are new, remember that life is short. Mediocrity will only continue to make you feel as if life is passing you by.

                    How to Make a Career Change Successfully

                    The ultimate key to success is to go through a career transition step by step to avoid making the wrong decision.

                    1. Write a Career Plan

                    A career plan has a dead line for action steps that includes taking new courses, learning a new language, networking or improving issues at work.[2] A career plan should be kept in your wallet because it will motivate you to keep pursuing the role.

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                    You can learn how to set your career plan here.

                    2. Weigh Your Options

                    If you have a degree in Accounting, write down five positions in this industry of interest. The good news is diplomas and degrees can be used to a variety of roles to choose.

                    You don’t have to stick to what society holds a top job. In the end, choosing the right role that will make you happy is priceless.

                    3. Be Real About the Pros and Cons

                    It is time to be honest about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the job market that are impacting the current situation.

                    A SWOT Analysis of a career can include:[3]

                    • Economic factors
                    • Direct competition: Is this role in high demand?
                    • Location: Do you need to move? If the goal is to work in tech and living in Cincinnati is not realistic, consider moving to San Francisco.
                    • Achievements: To stand out from the competition achievements like awards, committee involvement, freelance work or volunteering is a recipe for success.
                    • Education: Do you need to go back to school? Education can be expensive. However, online courses, webinars or self-study is an option.

                      A career blueprint is the first step to creating realistic goals. A person without goals will be disappointed without a clear direction of what to do next.

                      4. Find a Mentor or Career Coach

                      A mentor or a career coach that works in the desired position can share the pros and cons of working in the role. Here is a list of questions to ask a mentor:

                      • What is required to be successful in the role?
                      • What certification or educational development is needed?
                      • What are the challenges of the role?
                      • Is there potential for career advancement?

                      A chat at a coffee shop with a mentor can change your mind about the desire for a career change.

                      Find out how to pick a good mentor for yourself in this article: How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed

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                      5. Research Salary

                      Some people decide to change careers for a role that pays less or perks like benefits to make up for the difference in previous to potential salary.

                      It can reveal the cities throughout the country that offer a higher salary for those that have an interest in relocating for work.

                      6. Be Realistic

                      If your goal is to move up into an executive position, it is time to be honest about where you are in your career.

                      For example, if boardroom meetings, high-level discussions about financials or attending weekly networking events are boring, an executive role may not be right for you. If you are an introvert and working with people every day is nerve wrecking, you need to reconsider a job in sales.

                      Ask yourself if you can work in this role for the next five years of your life. If other benefits that come with the role are enticing, other roles are fit that will make you happy.

                      7. Volunteer First

                      A person that wants to become a manager should take on volunteer opportunities to experience the reality of the position.

                      Becoming a committee member to pursue a presidential opportunity can provide a perspective on leadership, maintaining a budget and public speaking.

                      Volunteer in a role until you are certain that it is the right opportunity.

                      8. Prepare Your Career Tools

                      I recommend asking a boss, colleague or mentor for career tools. If you prefer professional assistance, you can seek out resume writing assistance. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing career tools:

                      • Online search: Search your name online to see what shows up. I recommend searching images that are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other sites on a personal account. The last thing you want to realize is the job search is unsuccessful because there is unprofessional content you posted online.
                      • Be LinkedIn ready: Recruiters conduct a LinkedIn search to see if the work experience is the same on a resume. Remember to change the wording on LinkedIn from the resume, or it will appear there was no effort put into creating the profile.
                      • Portfolio: A portfolio of work is recommended for people that work in the arts, writing, graphic design and other fields. I recommend a portfolio online and one that is available in hand when attending job interviews or networking meetups.
                      • Cover letter: A good cover writer will always impress your potential employers. Here’s how to write a killer cover letter that stands out from others.

                      Bottom Line

                      It takes time to move towards a new career. Pay attention to the physical and mental signs to maintain your health. You deserve to work in happiness and come home stress-free. If you avoid the common mistakes people make, you will find a job and discover the role in a career field that is the best fit with your skillsets.

                      Master these action steps and changing career paths will be on your terms to make the best decision for your future.

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                      Reference

                      [1] Mental Health America: The State of Mental Health in America
                      [2] MIT Global Education & Career Development: Make a Career Plan
                      [3] Creately: Personal SWOT Analysis to Assess and Improve Yourself

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