Top reasons people quit their job revealed

More than half of people quit their jobs because they are unhappy at work – not because they want more money - according to a new survey Benchmark Recruit, a leading recruitment consultancy.

The survey found that rather than quitting over low pay, the majority of people hand in their notice because they don’t have faith in their boss, feel unappreciated and are disengaged in their work.

Benchmark surveyed over 3,000 employees and found over 22% left their last job due to lack of faith in the leadership team.

19% quit because they felt “unappreciated” while another 19% left because they felt “disengaged and unmotivated.”

Lack of financial rewards was the fourth reason at just under 13%.

Louisa Harrison-Walker, director at Sheffield-based Benchmark, said: “The reasons people state for leaving their last job did cause a few raised eyebrows in our office, we expected salary or financial recompense to rank higher. Some bosses assume that to keep staff motivated and happy you need to give them a pay rise but the survey shows this is not a priority for most employees.

“People simply want to feel valued, appreciated and motivated far more than having a bigger pay packet.”

The survey also found 19% of people describe their job as a “dead end”. Only 25% of people think they have a “perfect” job. It’s a stepping stone for 38% and a “stop gap” for 16% of employees.

Reasons for leaving

Lack of faith in the leadership team – 22.58%

No belief in the company’s service/product – 6.45%

Lack of financial reward – 12.90%

Feeling unappreciated – 19.35%

Travel/location – 3.23%

Clash with colleague – 3.23%

Redundancy – 9.68%

Poor relationship with line manager – 3.23%

Feeling disengaged/demotivated – 19.35%

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Comments (4)

  • Le Corse
    Le Corse
    Sat, 21 Dec 2013 12:02pm GMT
    Good survey, not new that people do not quit for money.....Pay me very well and I do not care what my boss thinks about me.
    Above a certain level of money, this makes my decision.
  • Sridhar
    Wed, 4 Dec 2013 5:55pm GMT
    I do not agree with their view that it is not the management problem. As a HR head these things should be taken in to account and should be delicately handled, appreciating the reasons. Even a small issue can make a big issue in future. One should understand the feeling of others, should be concerned with human beings, a well motivated employee, appreciated employee performs better to his full potential and would be an asset to the organization in the long run. People should have good faith in their leader. A leader should lead from the front and should be an role model or an example to the subordinates.
  • Louisa H Walker
    Louisa H Walker@ Sean Durrant
    Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:10pm GMT
    They are management issues, and to a certain extent easy to avoid, or correct with the correct systems in place. I think employers can be complacent and they forget great employees can always get work, so they will vote with their feet!
  • Sean Durrant
    Sean Durrant
    Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:15pm GMT
    A very Interesting and useful survey.

    Feeling disengaged/demotivated – 19.35%
    Poor relationship with line manager – 3.23%
    Feeling unappreciated – 19.35%

    Aren't all of these management issues?

    So over 40% of employees are leaving as a result of not being managed as well as they could be.

    Sean Durrant

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