“Take this job and shove it.” – What drives employee turnover?

Why do people leave an organization?

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and the evidence that led to your conclusion.




Filed under Management Musings

9 responses to ““Take this job and shove it.” – What drives employee turnover?

  1. Anonymous

    For voluntary reasons, a person may feel the need to leave the organization due to family matters. For example, a family member (who lives in another city and or state) has grow ill and the person may leave the organization to relocate to take care of that family member. Other reasons for someone leaving an organization are due to the lack of ethics within the company, poor management leadership, lack of job advancement/growth, stress (work more/paid less), better benefits for themselves and family, and lack of passion/job interest. In my currently line of work I have seen a lot of the staff come and go. Due to my position and relationship with the team I have a clear insight of the factual reasons they decided to leave. On average, the top three reasons for staff leaving were lack of grown, personal family reasons and poor management skills where management did not recognize the high potential within staff and appropriate job placement. As management has flatten and new management has taken over, I observer better job opportunities presented to the staff, skill growth and better communication with the management and team.

  2. Connie Williamson

    People leave jobs because the are unsatisfied in one way or another. It could be poor management, unsafe work environment. No chance for promotion within the company. Lack of respect or appreciation, low pay or no raises. To go back to school or they want a new career. There are several different reasons that a person choose to leave a company it all depends on what is important to the individual. I have left wonderful company’s because the hours I worked didn’t benefit my family life.

  3. Alexis Wimberly

    There are many causes that increases employee turnover. Employee turnover can be voluntary or involuntary. The reason I left my job was because of poor management. Many articles that I have read stated that one of the reasons why employee turnover is high because of the lack of management. In one article that I read about employee turnover they took a survey and the results of the survey said that 30% of the people said they didn’t quit their job, they quit their manager.

  4. Anonymous

    In most of my experiences, I’ve left an organization because of a bad leader as well. What seems to be a common problem is when a company is doing well and a new leader comes in, and tries to change something that isn’t broken. When this happens, it steps on a lot of long time employees toes, and they loose respect for the new chain of command. I’ve left before because a new manager was hired and started running the whole business into the ground, as loss prevention numbers got worse and sales started to decrease.

    • Janescia Harvey

      I’ve haven’t had many jobs in my time but I can say from my experience the reason why I left a job or organization was the lack of leadership, and the lack of communication between the employee(s) and management. In reading some articles on the common reasons why people leave organizations I found out that is due to the lack of poor management and the organization being uninspiring and confusing. Therefore, my reason for leaving an organization fall in line with what many articles are saying why people leave organization today.

  5. “Money could not have solved the problem.” and two people had to fill the “one position.” — Thanks for the input, Sandi!

  6. sandi

    I left my last job due to an overload of duties, money could not have solved the problem. The owner finally had to hire two people to fill my position. There was not enough hours in the day to have any quality of life or balance between work and family.

  7. Sometimes I leave because they ask me to. 🙂
    The last 3 positions I left (that encompasses the last 16 years) were all directly related to the Sr. Leader in my reporting chain. When you lose respect for the Captain of the ship, it’s time to untie the life raft & start paddling.

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