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News Feb. 1, 2023

Why do good workers quit?

The decision to leave an organization does not just happen overnight; employees often gradually become unhappy over time because of decisions and factors that affect their work environment and engagement. lists the following mistakes companies make that can lead to a good employee’s desire to leave.

  • Lack of appreciation. Much of employees’ time is spent at work, and if they believe their work is not recognized, they will stop wanting to give their best. They also want others to take an interest in them as individuals who have unique talents, needs and struggles. When employees have a true connection with their leader, their role and the company, they are more engaged.
  • Unfairness and favoritism. Employees expect the standards for promotions and rules of conduct to be employed equally among all workers. Sometimes leaders do not adhere to the same standards as employees or promotions are given based on favoritism. This can cause resentment and a toxic work environment.
  • Not allowing autonomy over one’s work. Having a say in tasks and decisions can make employees feel fulfilled in their careers. When leaders act as guides rather than micromanagers, employees believe they are trusted by management to do their jobs well.
  • Not showing interest in employees’ passions. Many workplaces hire people simply to fill a position and do not have the desire to learn about workers’ passions, which can lead to employee turnover. Companies that find connections between employees’ work and their passions will see an increase in productivity and job satisfaction.
  • The same type of appreciation for all staff. Not everyone at a company has the same skills or contributes equally, and receiving the same recognition as someone who does the least work possible could upset those who give their best every day. People should be recognized for their unique achievements and have the chance to communicate how they like to be recognized.
  • A lack of meaning. Millennials especially have become known for wanting their work to have meaning and believing they are making a difference. Companies must create a vision and share it with employees in a way that ensures everyone understands the significance of their contribution.
  • A lack of fun. Having fun at work—such as playing a game or taking a brain break—is a great way to energize people and alleviate stress. Employees who are encouraged to have fun in their workplace are more relaxed, build camaraderie and are motivated to perform better.


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