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There are many reasons for you to want to quit your job, but should you? Before quitting your job, you should make sure you are financially stable for at least 3 to 6 months without work and without the reliance of unemployment.
Reasons people quit their jobs are:
- Paycheck does not cover expenses.
- Promised pay raise is not delivered even if after employees’ performance was rated well.
- Lack of opportunity or career advancement.
- Excessive demanding nature by employers towards employee ruined relationship.
- High stress job without much reward or compensation.
- Lack of motivation or passion at work.
- Lack of incentive to express true skills or talents when working on a project.
- High tensions between supervisor or boss.
- Lack of recognition.
- Feeling of being undervalued.
- Employee was misled about job or career expectations during interview.
- Inability to find a healthy balance between work and personal life.
- Employee feels the company or supervisors themselves are too self-interested and greedy.
- Employee feels company lacks goals and fails to provide incentives or innovations.
- Loss of trust and confidence in the company and its leaders.
These are just several reasons of many why people leave their jobs. A job or career should never make you feel miserable. If it does, you should re-evaluate what you are doing, what you want to do, and where you want to be in your life.
If you can, do your best to have another job lined up before quitting your job. Never let your job know that you are planning to quit or they may go ahead and fire you ahead of time. When quitting your job, it is respectful to give at least 2 weeks notice. In order to make the process as smooth as possible, you should assist the company with your departure, such as updating any supervisors or coworkers with knowledge about what you are currently doing and what you need to finish up, especially if it involves clients or unfinished emails.
Your departure is just as important as your entry into the company. You should be professional towards everyone and everything you do during your remaining time at the company. Just because you are leaving does not give you any right to ignore your current work duties or behave inappropriately. You are still working for your last few paychecks. Ensure that your desk is well organized and throw out or remove any of your personal belongings.
Your goal is to leave in an appropriate manner, and although you are cutting ties with your soon-to-be former company, you still may need them for future reference. Do not have a “better than thou” or standoffish attitude. You may wish to maintain contact with your former bosses, supervisors, and co-workers, so do your best to leave on good terms. Respect everyone that you had a good relationship with and even those you didn’t. The job you are about to leave has helped you to grow and given you an experience along with a means to pay your bills. It is not something you want to forget, but to build upon in order to help you in your future endeavors.
This infographic further explains the most common reasons for why people quit their jobs.
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The Most Common Reasons for Quitting Your Job
SEEKING HIGHER PAY
People quit their jobs when their pay check doesn’t cover their expenses.
A study from Payscale.com revealed that in 2011 the top reason for leaving a job was seeking higher pay elsewhere.
25% of American workers said that pay is the most important thing
Almost 30 percent of Americans who earn between $100,000 and $150,000 annually reported that they are only able to afford the basics.
24% of respondents between the ages of 18 to 34 claimed that they are unable to afford even basic needs.
Over half of Americans — 52 percent, to be exact — indicated that they struggle to cover the necessities.
LACK OF CAREER ADVANCEMENT
Employees are constantly seeking for greener pastures and for sure, if their professional growth doesn’t stand a chance on the positions that they are currently holding, it can be expected that they are likely planning to leave and find better opportunities in other companies.
The Gallup Study, a poll conducted on more than 1 million employed Americans, showed that the most common reason for leaving — being cited by 32% of employees — was a lack of career advancement or promotional opportunities.
THE BOSS’ ATTITUDE
Facing tiffs with the seniors, managers, or company heads is a common reason for putting down the paper. In most cases, the excessive demanding nature of employers damages the relationship between him and the employees beyond repair. And once sour, it gets extremely difficult to work with the person.
Also, the relentless wrong attitude of a manager or senior digs the grave for an employee’s working term in the office. Calling off is the expected outcome.
* The Gallup study also found that nearly 1 in 5 people leave due to issues with people management.
75% of employees cite their direct manager as the most stressful part of their day.
Poorly managed work groups are on average 50 percent less productive and 44 percent less profitable than well-managed groups.
A survey conducted by Badbossology.com on 1,118 employees found that: 50% would fire their own bosses if they could; 30 percent would have their boss seen by a workplace psychologist; and 23 percent would send their boss for management training.
Many employees, even well-paid ones, become demoralized by their apparent invisibility and leave a company in search of a job where their contributions are valued.
An extensive study of more than 1,700 employees in the US by the American Psychological Association found that over 50% of employees who said that they felt undervalued are planning to look for new job in 2012.
LACK OF ENGAGEMENT
Employees need to feel engaged and inspired by a vision; they need to see a purpose to their job and employers should have an exciting strategy and vision for people to fulfill. When the employer has failed to find a project to generate their passion, employees leave.
Only 29 percent of employees are truly engaged (Gallup)
Disengaged employees are five times more likely to leave than engaged employees (Cornell)
60 percent of U.S. employees are not using their best talents.
THE JOB OR WORKPLACE WAS NOT AS EXPECTED
Many workers have an unrealistic expectation about the job or workplace or in some cases are deliberately misled during the interviewing process.
About 35 percent of American workers quit in the first six months because of failed job expectations.
6 in 10 turnovers begin with some kind of post hire shock.
STRESS DUE TO OVERWORK AND WORK-LIFE IMBALANCE
“Doing more with less” has taken its toll on the American worker.
More than 40 percent of Americans say their jobs are extremely stressful.
70 percent say they don’t have a healthy balance between work and personal lives.
60 percent would give up some pay in exchange for more personal or family time.
LOSS OF TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN SENIOR LEADERS
Employees in too many companies look at their senior executives and see self-interested, short-term focused, ego-driven greed.
Only 39 percent of American workers trust their senior leaders.
82 percent of workers believe that their senior leaders help themselves at the company’s expense.
Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.