Why Employees Quit?

October 4, 2017

“When my boss is mad and takes it out on me, I do less work. And if this continues to happen, I won’t think twice before quitting. I can’t reward bad behavior with a positive response.”

“I am quitting my job to save my mental health. I am probably going to struggle financially for a little while, but my sanity is worth it.”

“I left my manager, not my company.”

These are some of the common things you get to hear when discussing work life with friends and families. Changing jobs at the hint of a better opportunity, has become a very natural and ordinary thing to do in today’s world. The reasons can be as simple as shifting to a new city along with the family or spouse, further education, personal problems, etc.

However, the major reasons why employees quit their jobs, are to do with the company, the employer, or with the job itself.

As an employer, it is very important for you to know what exactly your employees are thinking and whether they are happy with what they are doing. It is you, who has to ensure that your employees are happy and satisfied in their positions, if you wish to retain them. However, before coming to any solution, you have to know where the problem lies.

Let’s look at the top 5 reasons why employees quit -

1. The ‘Boss’ Factor

75% of people do not actually quit their job, they quit their bosses.

An employee and his/her boss, need not be the best of friends; but a cordial relationship based on respect and trust is absolutely necessary. The boss, or the reporting manager, is an important member of an employee’s professional life. Having an uneasy relationship with him/her can deeply affect an employee mentally, even to the point of resigning from the job.


The boss is the person who, apart from paying the employee, also provides valuable feedback, insights and connects the person to the whole organization. If this relationship turns toxic, undoubtedly it will have a negative effect on the confidence, engagement and commitment of the employee. In such a situation, a majority of people would think of making a switch and quitting the job.


2. Being overworked and underpaid

1 out of 3 employees report that they overwork most of the time, while getting paid in peanuts.

Overworking and less payment are very common reasons why employees quit a job,, and search for a better opportunity.

In many companies, a professional who is very good at what he/she does is given more work, to get the best out of them. However, this is not a very good thing to do as these employees may feel that they are getting suffocated with so much of workload. Psychologically, they may also feel that they are almost being punished with too much of work for being good at their job.

The situation gets a lot worse when they are underpaid, even after putting in so much of hard work.

Overworking employees, in the long run, is not very productive as it may seem. Research has found that the productivity of employees is bound to decrease if they are working for 50 hours or more in a week. The more the hours, the lesser the work will get done.

3. Lack of appreciation

More than an appraisal, it is appreciation that keeps employees motivated. A pat on the back and two simple words - Good Job or Well Done can actually mean a lot to them.

As an employer, if you fail to recognise the contributions of your employees, they will feel that they are not valued in the organisation, and would rather switch to some other job where they will be appreciated and recognised. Everyone likes to be appreciated, especially people who work very hard and give their best to the job.

Genuine appreciation and giving proper recognition to employees can be a great way for employee retention.

4. Office culture

“Google’s culture of employee happiness can be understood by the fact that their workplace looks like a playground for the adults, and not just any other workplace.”

Office culture has a very major role in attracting new employees and retaining existing ones. A toxic workplace would mean that employees have to struggle every day to get to work, and after getting there it would be another struggle to handle the workload. Handling such negativity on a regular basis can be difficult, and employees may choose the option of quitting the job as the best way out of the mess.

Culture does not only mean a great pay with added benefits; there’s a lot more to it. It is more about a tailored set of values of the company and a well-defined vision.

Every work environment should incorporate employee engagement and satisfaction. Little things like fun activities, games or celebrations can make the organization a great place to work and encourage employees to stay.


5. No job satisfaction

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it, keep looking. Don’t settle.” - Steve Jobs

People are taught right from their childhood to do things that they actually love and enjoy doing, and the same teaching applies in the professional world too. Everyone wants to do well in life, and after a day at work, be happy and satisfied about the work that they have done.

If there is no job satisfaction at the end of the day, it eventually shows in the quality of work too, because - “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

Most people want to make a difference with the work that they do, and have the belief that their contributions will bring a positive change in the world. People spend a majority of their lives getting ready for work, going to and fro to work, and working while in the office. The least they would expect is that there will be some amount of challenge and job satisfaction in the work that they are putting so much effort into.

Employees must always be kept excited, engaged and challenged so that they can create, contribute and perform. If they are bored at work, the stakes of quitting for another interesting job are really high.


Recruiting a new employee is important but it is also very necessary to retain the existing ones. Keep these points in mind when you are dealing with your employees for a good and long-lasting relationship. Register as an employer at interviewfox.com and sign up for a free 14-day trial. Choose the best for your company and get going!