Why Your Employees Quit*


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This infographic, posted by the HubSpot sales blog with a brief introduction by Lindsay Kolowich, depicts the tipping point at which good “healthy” employees choose to leave. Created by BambooHR, and based on a survey of over 1000 current employees in the U.S., the infographic illustrates the top five deal-breakers broken down by age and gender.

While it may not be surprising that money comes in third after upward mobility and work/life balance, what may surprise some is that while “having a salary that is lower than expected is incredibly annoying to younger people…it becomes steadily more acceptable as employees age.” Thus, giving a whole new meaning to the word resignation.

The nature of the top five deal breakers, the aforementioned tipping points, tie directly to the interpersonal relationship between boss and employee.   A lack of trust, expectations of 24/7 availability, difficult co-workers, blame for mistakes made and a lack of workplace flexibility reflect the day-to-day work environment created by managers and supervisors, not the company as a whole.

The infographic breaks down other interesting data culled from the survey results including: “who’s fired more often men or women?,” “situations that annoy employees" and how a lack of empowerment stifles those employees who possess a bachelors or graduate degree.

Kolowich’s article also contains a link to a more detailed post entitled “Why Your Employees Are Leaving And How to Make Them Stay.” To view the BambooHR infographic click here*.

Craig Lockwood, President, TMS

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