There are lots of ways to lose your job—there are layoffs, the company closes, you smack a colleague on the butt.
You name it, and someone has lost a job over it.
The reality, though, is that most people leave their jobs on their own terms, and it has nothing to do with seeking more money or a higher-level job.
There are four primary reasons people leave a particular work situation:
Almost anyone who has left my company has done so because they didn’t like me or I didn’t like them. Well, to be honest, I probably didn’t like the way they were performing.
If they are doing well, I don’t really care if I like them personally. I’ll take their solid performance over my liking them.
So, for some I’m a crappy boss, and for others I’m not. The key to great leadership is having only a few people believe you’re crappy.
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Bad job fit
We hired you and thought you would be awesome—but we messed up by thinking you would fit.
You’re not the right fit, and you know it. It doesn’t “feel” right, so you leave for something that feels better.
In so many of the jobs that we hire for, fit is the most important part of success—well, fit and showing up every day. It’s shocking that we can’t figure this out.
Length of commute is subjective. My friends in Detroit live 10 miles from work and drive an hour to their jobs-and that’s on a good day. They seem completely happy with this commute.
I drive 12 miles and it takes me 20 minutes, and if I get slowed down and it takes me 22 minutes, I’m ready to shoot people.
Some people take a job and think the commute is no big deal, but it is a very big deal for many people. If the length of commute comes up in negotiations, run away from that candidate.
Bad cultural fit
I hate conservative, highly political work environments. There’s something about kissing up all day that makes me unpleasant to be around.
Some of my best friends love ultra-professional, conservative cultures and do exceptionally well in those environments. Everyone has a preference; find yours. So many people get this wrong and stay in a culture they hate.
Those four reasons make up about 99 percent of why people decide to leave a company. People always want you to believe they left for money or a promotion, but all that can usually be had at their current employer with a little patience and some candid conversation.
A version of this article was first published on The Tim Sackett Project.