Want to leave your current job for a new one? Read this first before taking the plunge. Leaving a job can be a scary experience and people do it for many reasons – some negative, some positive. Here are some of the biggest reasons why people tend leave their jobs.
Losing respect for what your company stands for, how it treats employees and/or clients is an effective way to get people sprinting for the exit doors.
- Most people cite their boss as the reason they are leaving.
- Other reasons include bullying, taking credit for someone else’s work and even nepotism.
You’ve become disillusioned with what your company is selling or what it stands for. Yes, you drank the cool-aid when you started but over the years it’s started to leave a bitter taste in your mouth. If your company has lost its sparkle and is no longer realising its full potential, it might be a bright neon-sign that’s pointing you in a new direction.
If your salary is never paid by the agreed date – is it time to bounce? Probably.
No one wants to be left in the lurch after working an entire month and not be paid on time (or not at all). The same goes for retrenchment rumours or news that you’re merging with another company. With little or no guarantee of job security it’s only natural that people start dusting off their CVs and flee a sinking ship.
This won’t come as a surprise but the majority of people today leave their jobs is to earn more. After the Big Recession, ailing global financial markets and the skyrocketing cost of living, today’s job seekers are more prone to take risks and do a bit of job-hopping to earn more money and benefits.
It’s in our DNA as humans to dream, hope, explore and want for more for ourselves and our family. Few people would say out loud that they desire to be in a dead-end job until they retire. If your company doesn’t recognise your skills set and promote you accordingly when and where it’s due, then maybe the only recourse you’re left with is to update your CV and net yourself a new job.
Company cultural might be an overused term these days but it’s still relevant. If your personality and evolving work style does not fit your current employer’s mantra, it might be time to move on. The company may be very hierarchical in structure where you’re more of an open-door policy person or perhaps it’s a small business with a “we’re a family” motto that doesn’t gel with your more corporate mindset.
Nothing can be more destructive to company morale than a high turnover of staff. It could be a symptom of some or all of the problems above and is a sure-fire way to get people rushing back into the job market.
Maybe you are in some degree responsible for some of the issues your company is facing? If so, moving to a new job won’t necessarily be the panacea you were hoping for. Projecting the responsibility for your job-blues onto others is never going to end well. Take a good look at yourself and see if you can’t become part of the solution before sending your resignation letter. Staying exactly where you are could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.