Why and When to say Enough is Enough

If you have parents like mine who stress on doing whatever you can to keep your job, then you will probably benefit from reading this article. All workplaces have problems and annoyances that can lead to the question of whether it is worth it to stick at it or just quit once and for all. Employees often complain of long hours, micromanagement, lack of a good compensation structure, poor salaries and the list goes on. Knowing when to say enough is enough is vital to your self-esteem as well as your career development.

Bamboo HR conducted a survey on 1034 U.S. based employees by asking them to state some of the reasons they left their previous jobs. These are some of the top reasons they listed:

1. Inadequate Opportunities for Growth

Lack of opportunity for growth and career advancement is the first reason the employees left their job according to the survey. Since we all desire better salaries, increased responsibilities and promotions, opportunities make us know that our hard work will pay off some time in the future. Lack of such opportunities leave employees with no choice but go somewhere where there are clear paths for career advancement.

2. Bad Relationship With the Boss

Ben Peterson, the Cofounder of Bamboo HR says that the issue of bosses mistrusting or inadequately empowering employees is not entirely about the boss. He says that it involves things such as poor communication, lack of training opportunities and other factors. He goes on to say that employees contribute towards a bad relationship between them and their bosses by not fulfilling their own responsibilities, arriving to work late and leaving early. If you give trust you earn trust. Period!

3. Working off-hours

It is no secret that an organization needs extra efforts once in a while. These are times when employees are required to work past their normal hours in order to beat deadlines or take care of an important client who is in a hurry. Issues arise when this becomes the norm. The survey showed that employees quit their previous jobs because they were to leave late and arrive too early. It is even worse when mangers or their bosses punish them for not finishing up their work.

4. High Expectations

It is unfortunate that most managers expect their employees to work at the same pace and for the same hours they are working. If they work 100 hours a week, their juniors are supposed to work for the same amount of time. They fail to understand that the health and well-being of employees is their responsibility. Failure to pay attention to their concerns ultimately leads to underperformance and employee frustration which in turn affects the organization. Managers ought to use their influence to make the lives of employees better, not harder.

5. Lack of Flexibility

Lack of job flexibility regarding family responsibilities is a deal breaker for most women and some men especially those between 30-44 years of age according to the survey. This is because of the obvious reason that most people in this age bracket have family responsibilities outside of work. They have to take care of ageing parents or children and so the last thing they need is a job that doesn’t allow for this.

6. Coworker Relationships

While most of us desire positive atmosphere at work, this does not necessarily mean that we want to be best buds with our coworkers and spend time with them during the weekends. We also don’t want a situation where we don’t get along with them. Both extremes are detrimental to our performance at the workplace. According to the survey most employees find it hard to work when there is too much positive or negative energy around the office. It is imperative that you strike a balance between having a good social life and being effective in your work.

Which o these factors affect you the most? Do you think that you need to rethink whether or not you stay in your current job? Your thoughts and comments below please...