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CAPE TOWN - A career choice can be tricky as individuals attempt to find their passion. This is not always achievable for some, leaving them to pack their briefcase and call it quits. We take a look at some of the main reasons why people leave their jobs, according to personal financial website, The Balance's contributing writer and Human Resources expert, Susan Heathfield. 

Reasons why people quit their job 

1. Company collapse

There is nothing more mentally tormenting than working in an uncertain environment. If a company is under financial threat, facing bankruptcy or losing money, it is not a good space for a co-worker to progress. The work environment will be stagnant, this proves pointless for one's professional advancement.

2. Broken relationship

Certain broken relationships between an employee and manager is irreparable. This may be attributed to several reasons such as a power clash or inefficient operational duties. Although it is helpful to discuss the situation with your manager, certain relationships cannot be mended. 

3. Life situation 

Individual's life situations change such as after giving birth. This diverts the responsibility of a mother towards her child. Therefore, an individual may feel the need to shift their priorities and move on to better things. 

4. Values

A clash of values is a hard obstacle to work through. It is important to note that there are hierarchical measures in place. This ensures that there is someone who has authority over operational and structural changes. Therefore, certain employees find it better to cut their losses. 

5. Fun 

When you dread getting up for work in the morning, this is a sign that you are not having fun at your job. This ends up being a temporary job for certain individuals. However, it is important to evaluate whether you are generally resistant to change. 

6. Ethics

Certain organisations may carry out duties that are out of sync with your personal ethics. This may include lying to customers about the quality of the product. This may cause resentment to the company as a whole which will affect an employees productivity and attitude toward its superiors. Therefore, employees are encouraged to follow their ethical guideline. 

7. Co-workers

Although it may not be easy to click with every co-worker, your work environment is important in order to flourish. Sadly, co-workers do influence your spirit if they are disdainful toward their fellow colleague. This may drive some employees away, in pursuit of a more welcoming environment and team. 

8. Improper 

There are certain employees who have railed up a bad reputation for themselves. This may occur when employees start slacking at their job and disregard their daily work activity. They then venture off, on a quest to start afresh at a new organisation. This is however not advised as it leaves a trail of sporadic work activity. 

9. Stress

Stress is mentally as well as physically damaging. In addition to producing emotional trauma, stress can lead to physical burn out. This can affect an individual's productivity. In the extreme instance, this may even lead to diseases or a heart attack. Therefore, it is important to evaluate whether the extent of stress you endure at work is actually worth it. 

10. Unchallenged

When you are unchallenged in your job, you resort to completing tasks mechanically. This also inhibits mental growth and idea generation. Your current potential also remains trapped and ultimately end up stuck in an occupation. Individuals who quit their job based on this believe that there are greater opportunities that lie out there. 


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