Workin’ 9 to 5 (and getting out)

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Working as both a recruiter and a career coach, I’m constantly talking to people who are considering leaving their current jobs. And their reasons are never “I want more money” or “I need a 401(k) match”. While these are part of the mix in negotiating, the folks I meet with are more often than not dissatisfied with the environment they’re in – they are not getting to do the kind of work that’s important to them, the attitudes in the workplace are negative, ignorant, &/or clique-ish, or the company’s business and processes are not being managed in a smart way.  And while I share this with the leaders and human resources professionals at my clients, not all of them really “get it”. Some are listening, and making the truly important changes, and some have such egos and an unwillingness to adapt to the workforce that makes them have a company in the first place, that they ultimately are driving their companies into the ground.  It breaks my heart.

This infographic summarizes really well why folks are leaving…now – who out there is listening???

Hint to HR – this is not going to come out in an ‘exit interview’…get engaged with your whole team, not just your managers!

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3 thoughts on “Workin’ 9 to 5 (and getting out)

  1. Very interesting. Yeah, I’ve known several people who have made enough money (in their opinions) and yet they have not been happy at work, though they are in careers where they do work they enjoy. I can think of one immediately. While her boss seems kind at the surface level, she tolerates a ton of gross employee behavior in the office. Ironically, it took me about six months of listening to my friend to recognize her boss is a huge part of the negative equation in the office of about 6 people. She allows what goes on and is apparently too weak to confront details that are unraveling the business, as I can’t imagine she does not know, and I am convinced she cares. It seems sometimes people with huge vision miss the individuals that incorporate critical detail in any company. Then, there are just poor leaders.

    Your point is well taken, “And while I share this with the leaders and human resources professionals at my clients, not all of them really ‘get it.’” The old adage, though cliché, is so true, you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink! (Emphasis mine ;).) Still… maybe an infographic can break through!

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