Why Workers Leave Jobs

How often have you been employed with a company where you loved the work, but the management sucked?

When I asked this question most of my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, all said they experienced it in almost every job. So, it’s clear that people don’t leave bad jobs they leave bad bosses. People quit their jobs for a multitude of reasons, but often the decision is tied to demanding bosses, unreasonable deadlines, and a feeling that the situation will never get better. When one bad day at work becomes a pattern, it may be a sign that the underlying problem is the job itself, and there is no longer anything to be gained by staying. The best part when people leave their jobs is they end up in better positions where their skills and talents are appreciated. Many people may want to leave bad bosses, but they may be dependent on salaries to help address personal issues at home.

Whether you believe it or not, often a person’s gut feeling may lead them toward the exit sign long before they consider submitting their letter of resignation. Have you ever felt that way? Recently, a colleague accepted a fantastic-sounding position with lots of promising benefits. After one week, their inner voice revealed that it was all a lie. When they approached their boss for clarity and guidance, they were blamed for all the things never shared to be successful. Struggling to try to make a difference, they continued for several more weeks before realising the truth. Things would never get better under bad leadership and management. So, they submitted they resigned from the position after 7 weeks. Once a person decides to eliminate workforce stress, life gets better overnight.

A recent survey conducted by Businesswire reveals that 82% of workers across 10 industries say they would leave their companies due to their manager’s behaviour. Last year, 4 million people quit their jobs in July, according to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics. Companies reported a record-breaking high of 10.9 million open positions. What could cause such a great resignation?

So, are you thinking about quitting your job? Here are a few tell-tale signs that you may be ready to quit your job:

  • Being Undervalued. The pay gap, even today in 2022, continues to be an issue for women, more specifically for Black, Indigenous, and other women of colour.

According to an article from Mobile Monkey, there are 4 types of bad bosses that you may identify from your work experience. They include:

  • Marionette Boss or a Dummy Boss as I like to call them. These managers are mere puppets who follow orders of the higher boss. They tend to exude no loyalty to their employees and never stands up for them.

When starting a new job, it’s a good idea to create a list of what you are looking for in a new boss or a work environment. Most people can identify almost immediately if their new workplace will meet their needs. Usually, I develop a list of what makes a great boss that has helped me over the years. Often, I share with friends and colleagues the 60-day rule, by that time you will know if you need pull up the stakes to find a new position elsewhere. You may not need that much time to read the writing on the invisible wall. In my opinion, a good boss:

  • Communicates clear vision

So, what’s next for you and what will you do differently on your new job? It’s not just about making lots of money, it’s also about being happy in your life.



Mikael Wagner is a communications project manager with focus on health promotion, public relations , marketing and focus group facilitation.

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Mikael Wagner

Mikael Wagner is a communications project manager with focus on health promotion, public relations , marketing and focus group facilitation.