What makes people say 'let's call it quits?'

Why do employees quit? Laveena Francis tries to find a few reasons

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What makes people say 'let's call it quits?'


Quitting a job? It's easier said than done. However, nothing is as unpleasant as staying stuck somewhere you don't want to be. According to a latest study, "Nearly 60 per cent of the 700 working professionals surveyed state they hate their jobs". Here are the most common reasons for people putting in their papers.

Boss to be blamed

"My boss was extremely partial, she never valued me and was quite insensitive. She made me sweat like a labourer," sighs Divya Nair, a Mumbai-based engineer. The 24-year-old was tired working overtime without incentives and her boss was adding to her misery. "She would sometimes call me even on Sundays. It was a thankless job. I'm glad I've finally quit," asserts Nair, who's still looking for another job while serving her notice period.

Management matters

"The management was quite obnoxious. I had no choice, but to quit," says Kevin Sebastian, a marketing executive. The Indore resident couldn't work for more than nine months in his previous workplace as he felt the management wasn't congenial. Sebastian believes that if the management is supportive, all sorts of pressures can be tackled. "I had put down my papers earlier this year. My first priority was understanding the nitty-gritty of my work and gaining experience. However, it didn't pan out the way I thought it would. And I realised my peace of mind was more important than the job," says the 27-year-old.

Almost 30 per cent surveyed professionals attributed their discontent to 'the job itself', which includes dissatisfaction with their current role, profile, and position. Of these 30 per cent professionals, 50 per cent stated they do not feel passionate about their prevailing role, 25 per cent feel that the job description is not the same as communicated during hiring, 15 per cent believe they can't find a clear career growth path and 10 per cent feel their work is not challenging enough.

The remaining 20 per cent of employees blame their job dissatisfaction on the logistics element, which includes the commute time, work schedules and office environment. Among these, 40 per cent maintained there is no flexibility at work, 30 per cent grieved of poor work-life balance, 20 per cent spoke about the extended working hours and 10 per cent are troubled because of the long commute time.

Stuck in a rut

Poly Prasanta's reason for discontinuing was quite different from that of Nair and Sebastian. The 25-year-old assistant manager had an amicable boss and associates. However, she felt there was no personal growth. "The insurance company I worked with has been progressing, but I wasn't. I felt stagnant. The work started becoming monotonous and the job wasn't challenging," sighs the Mumbai resident. She also felt that there was a slight discrimination among the people based on the universities they came from. "The work was the same for all, but the salary and the designation differed," she adds.

Colleagues are bullies

"As a fresher straight out of college and into the breakneck world of journalism, I landed up with a colleague who was, at best, purposefully intimidating, and at his worst, a thundering bully," says Tanvi Jain* a Mumbai-based journalist. "Professionally, he was the sort of person who'd allocate work based on his equations and mood, and personally, he was simply a negative presence," says the 26-year-old, who shed his toxic hold over her mind the day she left her job. The one positive to all this, believes Jain, is that she learnt early how to grit her teeth and pull through a job, should circumstances demand so.

*Names changed on request

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