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Why Do Employees Quit?

I have always thought the reasons why employees quit are obvious.  All of us are, or at one time, have been employees and we know our reasons for departure likely mirror others.  A desire for more pay and a better boss are the commonly accused culprits for employees jumping ship but they aren’t the only reasons.  Fortunately, if your head is buried in the sand and you truly don’t know why your subordinates left, the gurus of the HR and recruiting world have posted volumes online to help you recognize your shortcomings. Below are a few lists.  All reasons, as I evaluate them, can be grouped into two categories; boss problems and job problems.



  1. Poor relationship with the boss – Boss problem
  2. Bored and unchallenged by the work itself – Boss problem
  3. Poor relationships with coworkers – Boss problem
  4. Few opportunities to use their skills and abilities – Job problem
  5. Employees don’t feel connected to the mission – Boss problem
  6. Need for autonomy and independence on the job – Boss problem
  7. Meaningfulness of the Employee’s job – Job problem
  8. Lack of knowledge about your organization’s financial stability – Boss problem
  9. Corporate culture – Boss problem
  10. Management’s lack recognition of employee job performance – Boss problem

From Forbes contributor – Liz Ryan

  1. Tired of arguing their position – Boss problem
  2. Tired of being overlooked – Boss problem
  3. Don’t have faith in their leaders – Boss problem
  4. Exhausted – Boss problem
  5. Fed up with internal politics – Boss problem
  6. Have big ideas their company won’t implement – Boss problem
  7. Want to move up faster – Boss problem
  8. Want to change career paths – Job problem
  9. Want to work for themselves – Job problem

Forbes contributor – Jack Altman – CEO of Lattice

  1. Bad managers – Boss problem
  2. Can make more money changing jobs – Boss problem
  3. No growth opportunities – Job problem
  4. Don’t outline a clear career path – Boss problem

HR digest 

  1. Lack of recognition – Boss problem
  2. Lack of job training – Boss problem
  3. Lack of trust – Boss problem
  4. Poor relationship at work – Boss problem
  5. Excess workload and dumb work policies – Boss problem


  1. Job was not what was expected – job problem
  2. Work/Life imbalance – job/boss problem
  3. Mismatch between job and new hire – boss problem
  4. No raise or promotions – boss problem
  5. Feeling undervalued – boss problem
  6. No decision-making power – boss problem
  7. Too little coaching – boss problem
  8. Management lacks people skills – boss problem
  9. Too few growth opportunities – job problem
  10. Loss of faith and confidence in corporate leaders – boss problem


  1. Low compensation – job problem
  2. No advancement opportunity – boss problem
  3. Relationships with co-workers and managers – boss problem
  4. Job security – job problem
  5. Pursue other opportunities – job problem


Candidates, as we know, use entry-level jobs as temporary stepping stones to further their careers and depart when new opportunities providing greater compensation or advancement present themselves.  These “job problems” are typical and often unavoidable at every organization because no room for growth is available and an organization has no option but to watch their baby birds fly away.

Most of the problems above are not related to salary or growth however.  They are boss problems.  A good manager must understand that employee turnover has as much to do with their own inadequacies as the shortcomings of the job.  Managers who exercise self-awareness are likely to see fewer birds fleeing the nest.

About The Author

Ryder Cullison

Ryder has more than 10 years of experience working with retained search clients as a search professional. As a pioneer of Interview4 he has great knowledge of video interviewing. He writes about all things hiring and looks forward to engaging with his audience on topics of leadership, recruiting, candidate screening, and employee satisfaction. Follow him on Twitter: @hireintelligent and @cullison1

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