Below is a list of the top 10 reasons why people leave their jobs, and why non of them should be your only motivation for quitting.
1. Strong competition
Competitive environment is mentally exhausting and has some negative consequences that can impact your work life balance. But in most cases, it accelerates your growth and learning curve. People leave their jobs because they don’t feel that they are growing enough or sometimes because they don’t feel challenged enough. So remind yourself with the great benefits that competition can bring to your career growth and enjoy the fact that your skill-set are consistently being sharpened.
2. Unable to fulfill your role fully
Not being able to fulfill your role means that you still have something to learn. Which means that you are not realizing all your potential yet. This is something, if it is within a healthy level, should make you focus more on learning and improving yourself rather than changing job. Being able to fully operate independently as per your job expectations can take from one month up to a year and a half, based on your level of seniority. In such situation, you should proactively collect peer and manager feedback and seek advice on actions to be taken to fill your gaps.
3. Hostility from your colleagues
Believe it or not, your colleagues are human beings. Some are nice, helpful and supportive while others might not be. This is normal and exit in every company not only yours. Of course, some companies can be more than others. Unless the whole environment is toxic and full of obvious favoritism and politics, don’t quite. Instead, try to speak to those individuals openly about how do you feel and ask them if they are holding some feedback for you. Some people are not used to the feedback culture and would rather judge instead of communicate the feedback. It is your job to be proactive about it and seek feedback and never shy away from difficult conversations.
4. You were not promoted for a while
Promotion means more money and sometimes more growth, but also sometimes more stress. Not all managers or companies are proactive in promoting team members, and that’s ok. If this is the case in your team or company, then why don’t you take the lead and try to drive it yourself? Set with your manager and explicitly ask him/her what are my gaps to get to the next level? what are the skills that I need to acquire to be ready for a promo? Are there any external reasons that can prevent my promotion?
All these questions can help you understand where you stand and learn more about the potential growth for you in this company.
5. Not happy with existing processes
The perfect process does not exist anywhere. If there is no process, there will be a lot of chaos. If there is a lot of processes, thing can be very slow. No matter where you are, you can always optimize and help driving the change. Only the person who feels that pain of the processes are the one who need to change it. Don’t be a passive person who only complains about why things are annoying. Instead be an active member and build a solid case on why the process need to be changed with conscious pros and cons. Then get your team feedback to make sure you have a comprehensive and well thought-through plan. When doing this, not only you can change things, but also you will learn a lot during this journey.
6. Too much responsibilities
Too much responsibilities are not a bad thing, we only feel it is bad when we are unable to manage it effectively hence we feel overwhelmed. Most of the times you don’t need less responsibilities, instead you need to manage your time more effectively and delegate more. This is a healthy sign of growth and trust by your organization, so leverage it and become a master of managing things efficiently instead of running away.
7. The company is going through hard times
Even though work is a pure business where you exchange your time/skills for money, and if your company is going through hard time your job might be at risk. But keep in mind that your employer hired you for the good and bad and this is the time that you are expected the most. I’m not saying that you should put yourself and your family in financial risks, but if you can you should stick to the team and fight to get your company back on it’s feet.
Usually hard times forces teams to think of innovative and creative solutions and push themselves hard. So there will be a lot of learning and probably appreciation and recognition if things went back to normal and you along side with the team succeeded in this.
8. Your team is weak
It is important to have a strong team who lefts you up and teaches you new things, but not having a strong team can also be very beneficial for your if you decided to look at it differently. Weak teams are teams who need guidance, help, mentorship and coaching. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in becoming tech leads, managers or seniors in their areas. Instead of being a person who needs support, take the driver seat and be the person who gives support to others. Setup growth plan for the whole team and work with the management to implement it. These kind of stories are the ones you will be proud of the most and will always be remembered for throughout your career.
9. You are looking for more money
As I said, work is a business relationship and you should always strive to be in a place where you are the most valued. But, there are a lot of things that worth money that we don’t value unless we lose. Things such as: great team, good manager, huge learnings, work-life balance, healthy level of stress and stability are worth money. So don’t only evaluate opportunities based on how much they pay, instead look at the full picture and be aware of what you are trading.
10. The office is far away from where I live
This is an absolute golden opportunity to turn your commute time into learning time by reading or listening to audiobooks and get ahead of your competition by hundreds of hours of learning.