Reasons for quitting

In My Eyes
Kolum ni Edward Antonio

Some years back, one of my contemporary friends quitted his job. He said he was no longer happy. He wanted better pay. He wanted to move on in life. He wanted a better job.

How sad I was then, fellas.

We were partners in designing things and training people.

We used to hang around and do things that brought honors to our department.

And so, when he left, I was one of those most affected. Just when I thought we were just starting to enjoy our career, he suddenly quitted.

Years later, I realized he was correct. I quitted my job, too, and looked for a better one. Like him, I was no longer happy. I wanted a better pay and to move on in life.

I went through several jobs, fellas, before I settled where I am now.

Here are 10 reasons why employees need to quit their job now and “move on” like me:

1. Employees feel underappreciated
Those who leave for this reason aren’t looking for a pat on the back every time they show up for work on time or finish a task. They simply need to be reminded from time to time that their contributions are a value to the team. Ignore them for too long, and they will seek that appreciation elsewhere.

2. A lack of proper compensation
This is a big one and should be addressed even if the company feels it is being fair. It is no secret that companies that are the most generous in this arena are also some of the most successful.

3. A lot of extra workloads
In an attempt to do more with less, some employers are saddling their employees with additional workloads to compensate for a leaner staff. Initially, this approach may result in a healthier bottom-line, but ultimately it will lead to higher turnover cost and lower production as workers begin to tire of the rigorous schedule forced on them.

4. Change in management
Companies that fail to recognize the impact of this decision risk losing valuable personnel. Taking the time to speak with those most affected is of the utmost importance for keeping morale up and the transition smooth.

5. Outdated machinery and equipment
Whether it’s warehouse equipment or the office phone system, tools that make life more difficult for those that use them play a major role in employees running for the exit. Continuing to replace these workers may prove more expensive than replacing the tools over the long run.

6. Unrealistic goals
Setting goals and quotas is important for maintaining production levels and achieving maximum results. This is true in all aspects of life be it personal or business. Too much pressure to achieve unrealistic goals could drive employees away.

7. Lack of management support
Managers who are unwilling to back up those who depend upon them will find it difficult to maintain a staff. This doesn’t mean being the dumping ground for every grievance, but it does mean having a certain intestinal fortitude as it concerns righting legitimate wrongs–even when it involves putting those issues above your own career goals.

8. The need to be challenged
If school-aged children get bored with their studies, their minds wander and their grades drop. When working adults get bored with their jobs, their minds wander and they start seeking a more challenging position. Keeping a bright employee challenged with rewarding tasks is the best way to keep a bright employee.

9. Lack of a joyful environment
Are employees happy to be there? Is there a certain positive energy among them that reverberates from department to department? Work places needn’t be all work-oriented all the time but should also be a place of enjoyment. It should at least be pleasant.

10. Lack of a clear pathway to success
Many times an employee will become frustrated with the inability or unwillingness of management to provide them with a working model for success with the firm. Most people will not set out on a journey without some idea of the direction they are headed. And if they get lost along the way, they will generally head in another direction.

11. It is affecting health or causing extreme stress.

We all have stress, but when it starts to feel unsustainable, then it’s time to go.

12. No room for career advancement

Sometimes employees have goals in life that the company cannot give. If the employee has reached this stage, he considers quitting to look for greener pasture.
(To be continued)