So what makes us want to quit?

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Who You Work For:

I think for me in the past it’s been a host of things. Often times the person I originally interviewed with for a job was not ultimately who I wound up working for in the long run. It was this management heist that made me uncomfortable. Managers got promoted and someone else assumed the role who I never would have worked for if it had been by choice and I had been interviewing all over again.


Sometimes the environment changes. A job that was a happy little place can become toxic with the addition of other people or change in responsibility. Change can be out of our control too with things like an acquisition. Stressful situations, tight deadlines, working later hours than expected and being essentially burnt out at the end of every day can also be contributing factors to a less than ideal environment.

Lack of Appreciation:

It can feel like the amount of effort you put into a job is worth more than the pay you are receiving. When we work thankless jobs or jobs where we feel underappreciated, it makes the decision easier to look elsewhere for opportunities. When we are well compensated, when the people we work for genuinely seem to have our best interests at heart and believe in things like family and work life balance, we are happier and less likely to move on.

Hope that the Grass is Greener:

Having that spark of hope that the grass is greener on the other side is definitely a reason people look for other jobs. You have a coworker who left and he or she is really happy and in that honeymoon phase at their new job, so you think about making a move too. If the potential move will tick off a lot of boxes that you are lacking at your current gig it just makes the argument that much more compelling.


I’ve always heard the phrase “you either love your job and hate your commute or hate your job and love your commute”. People make changes based on the fact that they think their quality of life will be better with an easier commute. Sometimes they are willing to go the distance (literally) when the benefits far outweigh the hassle of having a longer commute.

Not all That Glitters Is Gold:

Sometimes you were straight up lied to in the interview process. I worked for a job once where in the interview I was told all about the sales people at the top and how much I could potentially make but never told that I could actually owe money back to the company if I didn’t make my number one month. They didn’t tell me that this could go on for months and due to things out of my control, I could be in a hole so deep I could never dig my way out.  I know people who have been lied to about their working hours. “Everyone here leaves the office right at 5” only to find out that people are in at 7 and never leave before 6.

Enough is Enough:

Sometimes you are just genuinely burnt out and need a break and a change.

Are there any other reasons you can think of why people leave?

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