I’m sure we’ve all had that job where we knew we weren’t going to stay for more than a year. Some of you reading this might even be thinking about your last job and how you couldn’t even stay for that long. I get it. Some jobs are just really awful. However, people don’t always leave their job because it’s terrible. I’m going to be talking about a few reasons why employees move on from a company.
1. Poor Management.
Now this is a pretty obvious one and I think everyone knew I was going to bring it up. I’m mentioning this one first because there’s things that some people don’t realize. Yes, there’s always that bad manager, or mean supervisor. Sometimes though, employees aren’t even directly affected by this individual but they still leave their job. Why?
If there’s a manager at your job that runs his/her business poorly, there’s almost always going to be a ripple effect. It may have something to do with how well inventory is stocked, or even how your fellow coworkers perform. Even if you didn’t feel like your manager was directly mean to you or made your day more stressful, there are other ways that they may have influenced the environment that can just make your job ten times harder. The stress that’s often associated with these trigger events is butterfly affect can often cause people to leave their jobs.
2. No Room for Growth.
This is a big one for me personally. I’m a very ambitious person and I’m always looking for a ladder to climb either in my own field or even a different field that I think I can do better at. I like to think a lot of people are like this. They’re not just content with the minimum and you shouldn’t be either. Progress and success are what drive people to excellence. Taking opportunities when they arise is how we climb that ladder and sometimes that’s just not going to be within the job you have now. No hard feelings, it’s a great job. It’s just not where you want to be forever.
3. Trying to Leave the Work at Work
Some jobs are very strict about paying you if you work from home for a couple hours or making sure that you only get paid for the work done between 9AM and 5PM. Then there are companies that have no boundaries and work you to death. You are a human being and you have to have a balance of your personal life and your work life, otherwise you’re just going to be miserable. Some people can work 7 days a week for a while but they get burnt out in just the first few weeks. They’re never home, they never get to spend time with friends and family because they’re just too busy working. I’m a workaholic and I don’t even work 7 days a week, but I used to. Unfortunately, I felt overworked and underappreciated for it which caused me to leave the job. That’s okay. You should always try to find that perfect balance that works for you. Everyone is different. Just remember that it’s important for you to take care of yourself.
There are a lot of reasons why people will leave a job but these are big ones that I wanted to share with you. I hope this gives you a little insight, especially if you’re a brand-new manager in the scary world of business.
This article was written by Madison Green.
Madison Green is a pharmacy technician by day and a fantasy/horror/copy writer by night. When she’s not working or writing she’s traveling and playing adventure games, tabletop games, and video games.
These are just a few of many valid reasons you should explore new opportunities. If you’re unsure about what your answer may communicate to interviewers, try to get feedback on your reasons from trusted friends or mentors. Consider these as you complete your answer, and develop a few ideas for what your answer may look like for follow-up questions. Remember: Leaving a job for a new opportunity is very common. Your interviewer has likely left a job in their past, so they will be able to understand your position. Be clear on your reasons, plan your response and continue directing the conversation toward why you’re the best person for the job.