We’ve probably all had friends that quit their great jobs out of the blue leaving you and the rest of your group perplexed. Why would they quit? They loved their work, the people, the balance and yet they’ve just walked away.
Sometimes there’s more going on behind-the-scenes that makes great employees quit great jobs.
It’s important to think about the way people talk about their jobs similar to how they use Facebook or Instagram. Nobody (well, some) really posts their entire life on social media – only the most apparently exciting or noteworthy parts. In the same vein, people only really talk about the worst or best parts of their job, not all the little things that can lead to quitting.
Here are four good reasons employees quit jobs they love.
1. Feeling undervalued
Even if you have the perfect co-workers, a great office and a generally alright boss, the way your job can make you feel trumps all of those benefits. When the subject you love starts to become sullied by your resentment for the way you’re managed – you’ve got a big problem.
If you don’t feel like you’re getting enough credit, benefits or perks from your job, it might be time to move on. There will be other jobs that you’ll love just as much!
2. Feeling stuck
The average millennial will have between 15-20 jobs in their career which means that the tolerance for a lack of progression should be subterranean. And I think that’s a good thing. Employers should strive to make every workplace a place of progression and diversity. Accept no less than somewhere that gives you the opportunity to develop yourself.
3. Discouraging enthusiasm
Something that is quite prevalent in graduate jobs is the feeling that your ideas aren’t welcome. The higher ups might say they want your input but their reactions to you chipping in tend to be disinterested at best.
In LifeHack’s words: “people will often start a job with positive energy and idealism, which is quickly thwarted by a management that is stale and lacks vision”.
4. Hierarchy calling the shots
The imbalance between hierarchy and employee value is common in a lot of big businesses and shouldn’t be accepted. This crushes confidence and replaces the autonomy that leads to a lot of productive and passionate work. We can’t stress this enough: happy workers are successful workers.