ix) Why People Leave A Job & Apply For A New Job

Not appreciating that here is a difference between why people leave a job and why they apply for a new job. The reasons for leaving a job including difficult co-workers, lack of opportunity and recognition, etc. Yet these factors are not assessed when looking for a job. Furthermore, while pay is often given as the major factor for staff leaving, it is usually more about

- mis-alignment of personal and organisational values and/or

- lack of career path and/or

- lack of adequate feedback

Some additional reasons people leave are

- communication clashes with bosses or colleagues

- unrealistic expectations by employer

- work encroaching on personal time

- held back from promotion

- boring work

- guilt trips (working through illness or clashing with family commitments)

- undervalued

- poor pay

The reasons people change jobs include financial considerations: this is important if the staff member has commitments that require a bigger package. Other considerations are

- work/life balance (this is becoming more important. But it means different things to different people; it is not always about part-time work but about having time off to do other things of interest.

For managers, the work/life balance implications include

"...ways to grow the business while, at the same time, creating an environment that offers shorter hours, more flexible hours, compressed working weeks, time off to do other things, working from home, working closer to home, their opportunities for advancement and continuous learning.......Part-time work should no longer be discriminated against as ' career suicide' or 'mummy track' and these options should be available equally to men and women, parents and childless people..."

Convergence International Report as quoted by Fiona Smith, 2008b

Staff are more productive when they work from home. On the other hand, they are more collaborative and innovative when they work together, ie have a meaningful interaction.

- career development

- changes in personal circumstances

- workplace relationships

"...All money attracts attention, it won't make them sign on, or stay, if the conditions aren't right..."

Hudson Report as quoted by Fiona Smith, 2008b

. Not appreciating that you should focus on spending most of your time doing what you like to do, what you do best and what adds value. Unless this happens, there is a disconnect and performance cannot be optimised. A good fit increases job satisfaction, reduces stress, improves attendance and performance.

. Not realizing that what characterizes mind changing under ordinary circumstances occurs largely beneath the surface. Unless one has keen memory or a well-documented diary, one would be surprised to discover that one ever held a different point of view.

"...Moreover, when one's changes in mind occur.....changes that have simultaneously occurred in the minds of millions of one's fellow citizens, they are unlikely to be noticed at all - they blend into the gradually evolving conventional wisdom,,,"

Howard Gardner, 2006


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