Voice of the Employee

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.”

    1. Wanted to improve work/life balance
    2. It was too stressful
    3. Was offered more money
    4. I didn’t like the company culture
    5. Thought the boss was useless
    6. Felt I wasn’t learning anything new
    7. The hours were too long
    8. The commute was too long
    9. Fell out with boss
    10. I hadn’t been given a pay rise in ages
    11. The perks weren’t good enough
    12. I felt I’d hit a glass ceiling
    13. The atmosphere was dull
    14. Fell out with colleagues
    15. Hated my desk position
    16. Boss made a pass at me
    17. My ‘work best friend’ quit and it wasn’t the same without them
    18. Had a physical altercation with colleague
    19. Had a physical altercation with boss
    20. Did something so embarrassing I was forced to move company
    21. They didn’t offer enough holiday pay
    22. The surrounding area of the workplace was boring
    23. Colleague made a pass at me
    24. Was sick of laughing at my boss’s jokes
    25. There wasn’t anywhere to park near work
    26. I didn’t like the uniform or dress code
    27. People kept saying I was ‘part of the furniture’
    28. There was no-one my age in the office
    29. Was bored of the food in the canteen
    30. All my colleagues were much younger than me
    31. No after-work socialising
    32. Sick of the radio station that I’m not allowed to change
    33. They wouldn’t give me my own parking space
    34. A colleague had terrible body odour or bad breath
    35. No air conditioning in the office
    36. They stopped me looking at the internet / social media
    37. They took away free tea and coffee
    38. People kept making my tea/coffee wrong
    39. Someone kept stealing my food from the fridge
    40. They wouldn’t let me bring my pet in

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