Infographic: Why employees quit

Are the reasons people give for ditching their jobs the real catalysts for their leaving? This infographic reveals what might actually be chasing your workers out the door.

When an employee leaves an organization, it can feel a lot like a breakup.

The employee usually gives a “it’s not you; it’s me” reason for leaving, like, “I need something closer to home,” “I’d like to try working in a different industry,” or “I want a position with more flex-time so I can spend time with my kids.”

Those are fine rationalizations for quitting a job, but are they the real reasons employees leave their positions?

To find out, BambooHR surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. workers and asked them what annoys them at work, hurts their productivity and would make them want to quit their jobs. The results are in the infographic below.

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Here’s a glimpse at what the survey revealed:

  • The top five reasons people quit their jobs are: Their boss doesn’t trust them, the organization expects them to work during off-hours, difficult co-workers, boss blames them for mistakes, and work isn’t flexible.
  • The older an employee is, the more accepting he is of a lower-than-expected salary. Fifty-two percent of employees ages 18-29 are unhappy with a low salary; only 31 percent of employees age 60+ are irritated by it.
  • Men are fired more often than women.
  • Situations that annoy employees (but aren’t the sole reasons employees would quit) include:
  • Employees and teams are more aware of what’s going on in the industry than the managers (82 percent)
  • The organization doesn’t recognize employees (82 percent)
  • Employees’ co-workers are promoted faster (78 percent)
  • Sub-standard benefits (74 percent)

Check out the infographic for more:

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