5 reasons why employees quit

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Is it true that employees don’t leave companies, they leave bad managers? 

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It happens a lot in most relationships; where it gets to a point when one feels they can’t take it anymore despite giving it their all and end up walking away. The same happens at workplaces, employees leave for various reasons, work-related e.g. relocating with spouses or going back to school and non-work related. Majority of employees, however, leave due to work-related reasons.  Does this mean employers are doing a bad job at engaging and retaining their employees? Is it true that employees don’t leave companies, they leave bad managers? Find out why employees quit before the next resignation letter hits your desk.

Meaningful work

The best workplaces give their employees a sense of purpose and make them feel like their efforts are contributing towards making a difference in the world. Organizations have visions and missions, but there’s usually a disconnect when it comes to translation of those aspirations into strategic and achievable goals that an employee can easily relate to. Managers should take it upon themselves to help employees interpret the company’s goals and see where their work contributes to making a difference in the world.

Corporate culture

I know what you are thinking, “Uhh… is this really important?” Yes, it is! Corporate culture might be the least important thing on an employees’ list but it is one of those factors that might make them leave as soon as they came. Does your work environment encourage employee engagement and satisfaction? How often do you create team building activities that make employees feel your company is a fun and great place to work? Is your management approachable or accessible?  Do employees feel respected and cared for? These are questions you need to constantly ask yourself as an employer.

Lack of advancement

The feeling of stagnation kills motivation. Nobody wants to report to the same desk and do the same thing over and over for the next 10 years; it becomes boring. Career advancement in itself motivates employees to strive for more success consequently making them better at what they do. As an employer, it’s up to you to make your employees feel that they are challenged to contribute and perform by constantly keeping them engaged in different tasks. Make them feel they have a future in your organization.


Employees need to feel like they own and are responsible for executing their responsibilities. As the employer, you are responsible for creating a conducive work environment that enables this. Structure and leadership are equally important but its rigidity and excessive hierarchy derive employees that sense of independence.  Allowing employees to utilize their skills gives them a sense of accomplishment. Didn’t you hire them for their skills?

Bad bosses

As a manager, are you approachable? Employees rely on the management’s feedback to get better and move forward with their tasks. However, having an uncomfortable relationship undermines employees’ confidence and engagement with the management. It starts with empathy, put yourself in their shoes.

Bottom line, managers must have the ability to engage their talented employees by knowing how to stay in touch with what they think. 

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    harrison | May 14, 2018 05:00

    Also most employers entice you with good pay and use it as a bait. When you join they start asking you to get pay cut of even 2/3 of your pay. This is especially with Asian employers. I have gone through it.

    Jacinta | January 26, 2018 09:39


    Martha | January 04, 2018 10:38

    nice one and inspiring

    Halord | November 30, 2017 17:19

    Thats really true

    RUTH | November 27, 2017 15:34

    Great article..do's and don'ts of managers when relating to teams

    Jack Otieno | November 25, 2017 13:15

    Good one

    ERIC | November 25, 2017 05:35

    Working ecosystem is very essential in realizing the full potential of employees. Understaffing, over working, poor remuneration, Dehumanizied bosses are to the detriment of staff performance

    ADONG | November 24, 2017 12:24

    At times also leave their job due to insecure environment: poor pay/delay in pay that is continous, feel your efforst and qualifications are not appreciated. You are being given the same renumeration with those less qualified than you, nepotism; the ones related to the boss gets favours as you do the donkey job etc. I think we want to all the valued for who we are and what we do. for example dont pay some one with a masters degree the same amount as one with a diploma, or you pay one with a diploma more than one with a masters-which employee will tolerate that. In my case in such a situation, would tolerate and when the next job surface, i run as fast as i can.

    WALTER | November 23, 2017 09:10

    Good staff! quite useful.

    Moses | November 22, 2017 07:53

    Great piece. I am an employee whose environment and work culture is mostly very uncomfortable, been trying to leave but haven't landed a new job yet. is it ok to leave even when there is nothing to fall back on?

    Florence | November 22, 2017 07:13

    very inspiring

    GILBERT | November 17, 2017 13:26

    nice one

    Ruth | November 17, 2017 11:08


    Rose | November 13, 2017 16:43

    Good staff.Managers, reflect on this


    WALTER | November 23, 2017 09:11

    Good staff, quite useful..

    wara | November 08, 2017 07:54

    wow! inspiring!

    Taona | November 05, 2017 21:30

    Nice summary,indeed i agree that employees dont leave organisations or companies but they leave their bosses and Managers and in additional employees like the job but due to poor conditions they decided to leave

    Alison | November 05, 2017 04:56


    BENARD | November 02, 2017 08:28

    nice summary on unavoidable errors experienced on almost all companies. thanks for realizing such mistakes and found time to highlight.

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