Why People Quit Job


Every employer has this question: Why people quit job? Losing a good employee is always a loss to any business. But still, every now and then, you may see many people resigning for various reasons. From the point of view of a business replacing critical people with new people is always a difficult task and that is the reason business owners and managers keep thinking of new ways to keep their employees engaged and satisfied.

There are various reasons behind quitting a job, but some are very common. Let us see those common reasons which make people quit and seek new job.


  1. Salary

This is certainly a very big driving factor. A large number of people resign from their current job because they have been offered a better salary somewhere else. This is even more evident in developing markets like India where the consumption and requirement of people is always on a high. Employees in such markets tend to switch multiple jobs in order to get their salary to a right figure.


What can be done?

It becomes very important for the business and industry to understand that a stable and market competitive salary should be offered to the employees to ensure better retention. This can be done by starting market surveys and finding out what others are ready to pay. If such market corrections are done on frequent basis and employees are offered a salary which is closer to that figure, there are fewer chances that they’d leave.

However, this may not guarantee a zero percent attrition rate, but surely this would reduce it to a big extent.


  1. Better Job Profile

This is another very big driving factor. If employees are not happy with the kind of work they are getting, they are certainly going to resign one or the other day. This relates to professional aspirations of an individual and individual’s view on where he sees himself in years to come. If the picture looks dim or unworthy there are high chances of a resignation.


What can be done?

This issue brings out the need to understand each employee in terms of capabilities, personal ambition and strengths. Professional goals should be aligned with the employee in a way that they give flexibility to grow as a professional and also provide job satisfaction. Having periodic review meetings with employees can be a very good idea to check their satisfaction levels. Also, bringing openness in the culture is important, so that it becomes easier for the employee to share disappoints and any regrets with the job offered.

  1. Size of the Organization

Size of an organization can also play a role in quitting a job. If employee gets to have a job offer from a high profile large organization as compared to current organization, it may lead to have an impact on employee and a resign may come.


What can be done?

Seriously nothing! There are some things which cannot be controlled.


  1. Job Security

If a business fires its employees too often, others are likely to look out for new job before they become the next victim. Firing might look like a straight cost cutting activity to the business but this has a very negative impact on the employee sentiments for an organization.


What can be done?

Do not fire unless it is the last solution. Give your employees proper time to find new job and leave organization in case you’d plan to fire them. This would give them some space to find a new job and also bring in some confidence in the credibility of an organization. If firing is just for cost cutting, take other cost cutting measures first before firing an employee.


  1. Work Life Balance

For anyone it is important to give a good time to family, friends and self. This applies to your employees as well. If most people in your organization are staying till late hours and working way beyond their designated work hours, this is a fatal sign. Constant misbalance in work-life can cause a huge attrition in any organization.


What can be done?

Take a great check on how much time people spend in office. If it is exceeding designated hours regularly, you need to recheck the priorities and timelines of your business actions. Culture of staying above working hours should be discouraged and such team leaders should be asked to rework on their estimations in future so that work life balance is not impacted.


  1. Office Environment

Office is the place where people spend a good part of their day. If the environment is bureaucratic or pushy, employees might not like it in longer run. After all, no one wants to be treated badly. Also workplace should be more energetic and a fun place to be. Without this, employees might look for a job change.


What can be done?

Setup a small team which can work on making a good atmosphere and make your organization a Great Place to Work. Discourage any bureaucracy within your organization and encourage an environment with greater respect for every employee. Device strict rules and create cells to monitor their coverage. AVOID time tracking at any cost. More freedom and flexibility to give to employees, more they will perform.


  1. Relationship with Supervisor/Manager

Last but most important to work on! If an employee doesn’t keep good relations with his supervisor and if is being treated with less respect and value, the chances of resignation are very high. If the supervisor is verbally harsh towards the team and is hard to reach out to, this is a bad sign and need to be addressed quickly.


What can be done?

Train your team leaders/supervisors to treat their team with great respect and values. Build such values across the organization and strict rules for non-compliance as well. This gets to be the most common reason for frustration within employees.



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Mudit Khandelwal

Founder & Columnist at Venturepapa.com
Mudit Khandelwal is the founder and Chief Columnist at Venturepapa. He is an Electronics Engineer by education and has worked in multiple organizations with various businesses (small or Fortune 500). Always willing to be an entrepreneur, he started his entrepreneurial journey with an ecommerce website, later moving to software consulting and blogging (which happens to be his old time passion as well). Mudit is an avid traveller and you can find him going on nature trails very often.
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