There’s a million ways to lose your job. Layoffs, company closes, smacking an employee on the butt, you name it and someone has lost their job over it!
The reality is, though, most people leave their jobs on their own terms and it has nothing to do with more money or a higher level job.
If fact there are four main ways people leave their jobs:
#1 – Crappy Boss. Almost anyone who has left my company has left because they didn’t like me, or I didn’t like them. Well, to be honest, I probably didn’t like the way they were performing. If they were performing well, I don’t really care if I like them personally. I’ll take the performance over me liking them! So, for some I’m a crappy boss, for others I’m not. The key to great leadership is having only a few believe you’re crappy!
#2 – Bad Job Fit. We hired you and thought you would be awesome. Yay! But, we all messed up with thinking you would fit. You’re not the right fit. You know it. Doesn’t ‘feel’ right, so you you leave to something that feels better. In so many of our jobs that we hire for, fit is the most important part of success. Fit and showing up every day. Shocking how we can’t figure this out!
#3 – Commute. Length of commute is subjective. My friends in Detroit live 10 miles from work and drive an hour on good days to their jobs. They seem completely happy with this commute. I drive 12 miles and it takes me twenty minutes and if I get slowed down and it takes me 22 minutes, I’m ready to shoot people! People take a job and think the commute is no big deal, but it is a very big deal for so many people. If the length of commute comes up in negotiation, run away from that candidate.
#4 – Cultural Fit. I hate conservative, very political environments. There’s something about kissing ass all day that makes me not a pleasant person to be around. You need to know who you are and what kinds of culture you like. Some of my best friends love ultra-professional conservative cultures and do exceptional working in those cultures. Everyone has a preference. Find yours. So many people get this wrong and stay in a culture they hate.
These four reasons make up about 99% of why people decide to leave a company. People always want you to believe they left for money or a promotion, but all of that can usually be had at their current employer with a little patience and some conversations.