Common reasons why people quit their jobs

12 months ago by Daniel Stargatt
Common reasons why people quit their jobs

Being a recruitment agency we speak to candidates looking for new opportunities every day. So we wanted to share the 6 most common reasons why candidates want to quit their current job and look for a new one.

Can you relate to any of these?

1. Unapproachable manager

Working with a manager who is unapproachable can really impact job satisfaction, career progression and professional development, as employees feel they can’t ask for help, advice or discuss how they can improve and progress. After a while this wears thin and ultimately leaves you feeling alone, unsupported and undervalued. So it’s no surprises that this is one of the most common reasons why people look to move way.

2. Underpaid

No surprises that this is a common reason for people wanting to move jobs. However, before we start working with candidates and helping them find a new opportunity we always make sure they have had a conversation with their manager to see if their salary can be increased as this is always the obvious counter offer. We have written an article about why accepting a counter offer isn’t in your best interest, which we suggest you read.

However, before making judgement on whether your salary is too low, it’s important that you do a bit of research and look at what the market rate is for your job title and location. For example Quantity Surveyors are paid more in London than in Newcastle, due to cost of living. It’s also important to consider type and size of company, as some companies pay more than others, but there is always the argument that companies should be competitive with pay if they want to keep their best talent.

If you want to do a bit of salary research, check out our salary survey.

3. Limited development opportunities

Learning is a key ingredient to any successful career, and when the opportunity to learn stops this is when people start to get nervous that they aren’t progressing and developing and feel it will harm their long-term career.

Now this is true, if you are stuck in a job for a long period of time that isn’t offering room for personal development you can get left behind in a forever changing industry. However, it’s also important that you take accountability for your own personal development, so work out where your weaknesses lie and work on them. Also, have a conversation with your manager to see what they could do to help.

4. False promises

By this we mean when you are promised a salary review within a certain timeframe and it doesn’t happen, or you have been told that you will be offered progression and development opportunities but those opportunities never arrive. Trust is a huge factor in any relationship and when that trust is lost between employee and manager, due to broken promises, it’s very hard to ever regain it back again. So it’s no coincidence that being sold false promises is a common reason for people wanting to quit their job.

5. Closer to home

This is becoming a huge factor in people wanting to change jobs. Work/life balance has such a huge impact on job satisfaction and overall happiness, and long commutes can have a huge impact on this. So it’s not a surprise that we are speaking to more and more candidates who are looking to change jobs to reduce their commute so they are closer to home.

Again, similar to point 2, we always suggest that you speak to your manager to see if they can help to reduce your commute during the week by offering some working from home days, or even offering flexible hours so you’re not commuting at peak times.

6. Financial uncertainty

No doubt that this has become an even more important reason for people considering their options due to the current uncertain times. But this is a very hot topic that candidates want to discuss. They want to make sure they work for a company that is financially secure and has a healthy pipeline of work, and you can’t blame them.

Hopefully, if you’re a manger reading this article, this will help you with areas to focus on improving to help retain your talent. For candidates reading this, we hope this helps you realise that you’re more than likely not alone and the reasons that are making you unhappy at work are valid reasons for thinking about looking at other opportunities.

The key to ensuring you don’t make a knee-jerk reaction is to speak to your manager, see if there is something that can be done to help, unless point 1 is the reason for you wanting to leave of course. We never suggest that you just jump ship at the first sign of a problem.

Still considering quitting your job?

If you are considering your options and want to see what opportunities are available then check out all of our latest construction jobs. Alternatively you can get in touch with us to discuss your situation in more detail and get to work on finding a job that matches your needs and requirements. 

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