The Top 40 Reasons why people leave their jobs revealed
Boring canteen food, long hours and incompetent bosses are among the most common reasons why Brits quit their jobs, it has emerged.
Researchers who polled 2,000 workers found employees start thinking about leaving a job an average of three years and six months after starting.
The list of reasons for quitting also includes feeling too old in the workplace compared to younger members of staff and not getting a pay rise.
The research, commissioned by working animal charity SPANA, also revealed the typical adult gets through an average of four jobs before finding their ‘perfect’ role.
It also emerged the average worker has thought about quitting their current job six times already, without yet going through with it – and the biggest driving factor is hoping to achieve a better work-life balance.
Geoffrey Dennis, Chief Executive of SPANA, which provides free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries, said: “Most workers won’t hesitate to move jobs if things aren’t right and, as this research shows, people change their minds about their role all the time.
“A good work-life balance, minimal stress, a decent salary and an appreciative boss are important for many employees.
”And handing in your notice is always an option if working life doesn’t live up to expectations.”
Other reasons Brits have handed in their notice include falling out or having a physical altercation with the boss, not liking the uniform and hating the position of the desk.
Many have left a role after feeling they had hit the ‘glass ceiling’ or had stopped learning anything new.
Other reasons to leave veer from the reasonable to the ridiculous – with some workers reporting they have left a job after the free tea and coffee was taken away, and others because their food was stolen from the work fridge.
Not being allowed to take their pet to work, having no air conditioning and not being allowed to change the radio station also feature in the top 40 reasons to quit.
More than half of adults have left a job without having another one to go to – because they hated their job so much.
Of those who did quit a job, almost half claimed to feel a massive sense of relief, while 28 per cent described the feeling as being ‘free’.
However, of the adults who are still in a job they want to quit, a fifth say the pay is too good to leave, while 22 per cent like the fact their workplace is close to home.
A competitive job market puts 15 per cent of workers off looking for alternative employment, and a fifth did not think they would be able to get another job anyway.
Dennis added: “Being in a job that you don’t enjoy or isn’t fulfilling can make life hard, but many people in Britain are fortunate that they have some choice in the matter.
“Unfortunately, unlike workers here, working animals overseas have no choice. Like their owners, they must work tirelessly in punishing conditions for their entire lives.
”They face dangerous environments and extreme temperatures, without the rest, water and veterinary care they need.
“That’s why SPANA’s work is so important, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of these hardworking horses, donkeys, camels and other animals receive vital veterinary treatment when they are sick or injured.”
- TOP 40 REASONS FOR QUITTING A JOB
- Wanted to improve work/life balance
- It was too stressful
- Was offered more money
- I didn’t like the company culture
- Thought the boss was useless
- Felt I wasn’t learning anything new
- The hours were too long
- The commute was too long
- Fell out with boss
- I hadn’t been given a pay rise in ages
- The perks weren’t good enough
- I felt I’d hit a glass ceiling
- The atmosphere was dull
- Fell out with colleagues
- Hated my desk position
- Boss made a pass at me
- My ‘work best friend’ quit and it wasn’t the same without them
- Had a physical altercation with colleague
- Had a physical altercation with boss
- Did something so embarrassing I was forced to move company
- They didn’t offer enough holiday pay
- The surrounding area of the workplace was boring
- Colleague made a pass at me
- Was sick of laughing at my boss’s jokes
- There wasn’t anywhere to park near work
- I didn’t like the uniform or dress code
- People kept saying I was ‘part of the furniture’
- There was no-one my age in the office
- Was bored of the food in the canteen
- All my colleagues were much younger than me
- No after-work socialising
- Sick of the radio station that I’m not allowed to change
- They wouldn’t give me my own parking space
- A colleague had terrible body odour or bad breath
- No air conditioning in the office
- They stopped me looking at the internet / social media
- They took away free tea and coffee
- People kept making my tea/coffee wrong
- Someone kept stealing my food from the fridge
- They wouldn’t let me bring my pet in