We all have our reasons for leaving different avenues of work. Sometimes, we encounter disagreements with our boss, and other times we face standoffs with our coworkers. For leaders and employers, having a team that feels uncommitted and often willing to quit can be demoralizing.

In order to better understand how leaders and managers alike may get their team members to stay, they should analyze why people leave their jobs--and prevent similar situations or circumstances from appearing in their own respective workplaces.

In a Paychex survey conducted in August 2016, employees from a variety of sectors were surveyed about why they left their previous jobs and which benefits may have persuaded them to stay.

At the top of the list, a vast 69.44% of those interviewed expressed that low salary was the primary reason for their departure from the company. Another majority of 63.12% complained that they were being overworked--likely also experiencing a lack of adequate salary to match their hours of work put in per week.

In general, it appears that the large majority of reasons for leaving a job were--unfortunately for employers--due to problems the employee experienced with employers or working conditions in the workplace. Those who were underpaid, didn't enjoy their work, didn't like their boss, felt a lack of recognition or reward for their work, or didn't receive adequate benefits were much more likely to leave (all reporting numbers of at least 44%) than those who did not have those problems.

The sole two reasons, which were not directly related to the workplace or the boss-employee relationship, were "Moved to another city or state" and "Lack of work-life balance." The least-reported reason for leaving was "Employer didn't match or contribute to 401(k)."

Ultimately, it appears that the most important thing for maintaining a solid base of employees and team members is to create a fair, collaborative workspace in which people feel like their immediate work matters. Instant gratification isn't sustainable, but it is necessary for showing people the results of their work--and for encouraging to come back to do more in the future.

Here are the 15 top reasons why people quit their jobs from the Paychex survey:

  • Low salary 69.44%
  • Overworked 63.12%
  • Employers didn't care about employees 52.77%
  • Didn't enjoy work 49.17%
  • Moved to another city or state 48.49%
  • Lack of recognition or reward 45.24%
  • Didn't like boss 44.66%
  • Lack of benefits 44.27%
  • Boss didn't honor commitments 43.49%
  • Lack of work-life balance 41.79%
  • Commute was too long 41.11%
  • Wrong people were promoted or fired 40.04%
  • Family situation changed 35.38%
  • Didn't get along with coworkers 32.26%
  • Unable to pursue passions 31.88%
Published on: Sep 8, 2016