Why Do Employees Want to Quit? [Infographic]

It’s said that the typical adult works at an average of four jobs before finding their ‘perfect’ role.

In addition, new research has revealed that over 2 million British people think about quitting their job every day.

So why are people unhappy and why do they want to quit? In our infographic below, we explore the top four reasons why UK workers are leaving their jobs.

Why employees leave


Other reasons why employees leave their organisation:


Lack of flexibility

Flexible working hours and being able to choose where employees are able to work from is becoming increasingly important – especially in younger generations. According to research, 93% of the 25–34-year-olds surveyed believed this was important to their happiness at work. A lack of workplace flexibly could encompass anything from restricting employees from taking certain time off, the absence of part-time working options, or not having the option to work from home when necessary.



The role, company or industry itself sometimes becomes too stressful and causes employees to burn out and ultimately leave their jobs. 38% of UK employees state that they regularly encountered stressful situations at work, with the most common causes being unrealistic expectations and unmanageable workloads.


Company culture

On average people now spend 13 years and two months of their lives at work.

It’s fair to say that the sheer amount of time people spend within their office environment and with their colleagues’ effects their lives. If an employee works at a company with a poor or even toxic culture, this can be quite damaging to their wellbeing. Whether the company in general is negative, or whether the employee doesn’t get along with their team, or boss – a poor company culture can definitely cause an employee to leave.


Some unhappy employees leave, but some stay..

Although these appear to be the main reasons for employees leaving, 79% of UK employees admit to staying in a job they weren’t happy in, for up to two years.  Due to a lack of confidence (15%), lack of time (14%) or a fear that they don’t have enough experience (14%). Another common reason is that although they’re unhappy, they get along well with their colleagues and team.


So how can your business ensure your employees are happy, engaged and in it for the long haul?


Half of Brits want to quit their job – Monster

2.3 million working Brits think about handing in their notice every day – HR Review

Author: Melanie Beckham


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