Why People Leave their Jobs

This is a small post I wrote more than ten years ago and just pulled from my old website into this blog. I was motivate to retrieve the post because I was in a discussion about why people leave companies. I think understanding why people leave companies is key to understand what destroys people intrinsic motivate. On to the old post:

The The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave, Leigh Branham suggests that while most managers think their employees switch jobs for better pay, that better pay is rarely the primary reason people switch jobs.  Most people want to feel Trust, Hope, Worth, Competent. When they have trouble finding these things, they will often seek new opportunities.  The seven reasons listed in the book are:

  1. Unmet expectations
  2. Mismatch skills
  3. lack of coaching and feedback
  4. Limited growth opportunities
  5. Feeling unrecognized or devalued
  6. Overworked 
  7. Loss of confidence in senior leaders

The subtitle of this book is “How to Recognize the Subtle Signs and Act Before It’s Too Late”.  Most of the book focuses on how to recognize that someone is struggling in these areas and then how to engage the individual before they decide it is time to move on. If someone has decided that it’s time to go, it’s very hard to retain them for an extended period of time. It’s important to address these issues before someone is so demotivated they they start to think about leaving.

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