5 Common Reasons Why Efficient Employees Quit Their Jobs

Suruchi Patwary , 19 Mar 2019

We see a lot of people complaining about their jobs almost every single day. But a lot of such conversations have one thing in common—the boss. Although a lot of companies today are taking extra measures to make sure their employees are happy and motivated to work, sometimes you may end up with a manager who makes it difficult for you to work happily with them. So, we dug a little deeper and found out five of the most common reasons why people quit their jobs because of something their bosses do, and this is what we found.

1. Wrong Hiring And Promotion

If someone is working hard in a company, they’d like to be around similar co-workers who are doing the same. So, when a manager hires the wrong employee, it becomes a big demotivator for the former to continue working hard. But promoting the wrong ones hits harder. You feel insulted by losing the chance of promotion to someone who clearly hasn’t worked as hard as you for it. This becomes the last straw for so many employees.

2. No Appreciation Or Recognition

Who doesn’t like being appreciated? If an employee is hardworking, they very well deserve to be recognised and appreciated by their manager. Often when such things go unnoticed by the bosses, it makes the employee feel the company isn’t worth the efforts. Here, the manager needs to step in and recognise the efforts in a way that will motivate the employee best. For some it could be public appreciation, for others, it could be a raise.

3. Overtime

Working extra hours can be tricky. Of course in a situation of crisis, employees do not mind working extra hours so the workload can be divided among everyone and not fall as a burden on just a few employees. But sometimes, when an employee is performing well, they are often made to work for extra hours because of the fact their performance has been good. This, in turn, leaves the employee feel as if they are being punished for being a good performer. Wanting to make a good employee work harder can get tempting, but it can have a bad result in the longer run.

In fact, a new Stanford research says the productivity drops per hour once you exceed 50 hours in a workweek. And once you’ve crossed 55 hours of work time, any work that’s done after that is as good as no work done.

An employee would happily take on extra workload if their status, designation and appraisals are benefitted too. Just increasing the workload while keeping everything else as it is will only drive the employee to look for better job options.

4. False Commitments

There have been so many cases of people resigning from their jobs because their manager did not honour their commitments. Managers often commit rewards in various forms to encourage or motivate their teams but once it is actually delivered, they don’t uphold it. This brings in a feeling of being cheated and disrespected by the boss in the employee. And when it becomes a habit, they have no other option but to put their papers down.

5. No Empathy

When working in an organisation, a manager should know how to balance having a professional relationship with the employee while being human at the same time. A lot of times, bosses fail to show empathy towards their employees. When the manager cares about nothing else other than your work results, it becomes difficult to continue working with them.

What is your take on these reasons for employees to quit their jobs? Let us know in the comments below.

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