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Half of workers left previous job after feeling underappreciated

Summary

A survey conducted by Monster found that half of workers left their previous job due to feeling underappreciated, and having a salary that was “too low” was a close second. Different methods were used to inform their employers of their decision, such as in-person delivery, a formal letter, or email. In addition, 16% of respondents said they had not provided a full two weeks' notice, and 46% said they would provide less than two weeks' notice if their new role wouldn't allow for two. Most workers said they informed their direct manager or supervisor first when leaving their job, and 51% were most nervous to tell them. Finally, HR professionals should consider implementing stay interviews to help encourage retention and better understand what employees enjoy about their job and what may lead them to leave.

Q&As

What are the main reasons that workers give for leaving their previous job?
The main reasons that workers give for leaving their previous job are feeling underappreciated (50%), having a salary that was “too low” (49%), being burnt out (34%), lack of promotion (33%), wanting to make a career change (32%), work beginning to feel boring or draining (27%), lack of flexibility (20%), ongoing conflicts with colleagues (16%).

What are the different ways in which workers inform their employers of their two weeks' notice?
The different ways in which workers inform their employers of their two weeks' notice are delivering the news in person (57%), writing a formal letter (45%), communicating via email (41%).

How many workers have provided less than two weeks' notice before?
About 19% of workers said they’ve provided less than two weeks’ notice before.

What are the main reasons workers are afraid to submit their two weeks' notice?
The main reasons workers are afraid to submit their two weeks' notice are fear of their new role not being the right fit (20%) and concerns about the conversation or delivery of their two weeks' notice (20%).

What strategies can HR professionals implement to encourage retention?
Strategies that HR professionals can implement to encourage retention include conducting stay interviews to better understand what workers enjoy about the job and what may lead them to leave, and incorporating open-ended questions into regular feedback conversations to help employees open up and feel heard.

AI Comments

👍 This article provides valuable insights into why workers feel the need to leave their jobs and how HR professionals can take proactive steps to help retain their employees.

👎 The article lacks any concrete solutions for how HR managers can encourage employees to stay and does not address the underlying causes of why workers feel underappreciated or burned out.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about half of workers leaving their previous job due to feeling underappreciated. It also found that having a salary that was “too low” was a close second.

Friend: That's really interesting. It's sad that people feel they are underappreciated in their jobs and it affects their decision to leave.

Me: Yeah, it's concerning. It highlights the importance of employers and HR managers making sure employees feel valued and appreciated in their roles. It also shows the need for employers to ensure their pay is competitive to keep staff motivated and engaged.

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Technical terms

Underappreciated
Feeling that one's efforts and contributions are not valued or recognized.
Two Weeks’ Notice
A formal notice given by an employee to their employer that they will be leaving their job in two weeks.
Burned Out
Exhausted or overwhelmed due to prolonged stress or overwork.
Promotion
An increase in rank or position within an organization.
Flexibility
The ability to adjust to changing circumstances or conditions.
Conflicts
A disagreement or argument between two or more people.
Stay Interviews
A process used by employers to understand why employees stay with the company and what might lead them to leave.
HR Dive
A website that provides news and resources for human resources professionals.

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