'STOP PAYING ME SO MUCH!'
Survey Shows Employees Provide Unique Reasons for Quitting Their Jobs
MENLO PARK, CA -- A better job opportunity isn’t the only reason employees head for the door — a disagreeable office smell, bad lighting and earning too much money also have prompted workers to quit, a new survey of 250 U.S. advertising and marketing executives shows. The survey was conducted by The Creative Group, a specialized staffing service providing marketing, advertising, creative and web professionals on a project basis.
Those surveyed were asked, “What is the most unusual reason you’ve heard of an employee giving for quitting his or her job?” Following are some of their responses:
“These results show you can’t please every employee all the time,” said Tracey Fuller, executive director of The Creative Group. “A certain amount of turnover is to be expected and may not be preventable. Conducting exit interviews can help managers determine whether a situation is unique or if there’s a workplace problem that needs to be addressed in order to discourage additional staff members from leaving.”
In cases such as those below, parting ways may not be such a bad thing:
While many people enjoy their jobs, work often takes a backseat to other pursuits:
These next professionals said they needed to get out of town:
Career changes sparked some people to give notice:
Then there was the employee who had a silent exit strategy:
“These examples are light-hearted, but excessive turnover can take a toll on productivity and morale,” said Fuller. “Employee retention is a chief concern for businesses, particularly as the job market becomes more competitive.”
The survey was developed by The Creative Group and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes 250 responses -- 125 from advertising executives among the nation’s 1,000 largest advertising agencies and 125 from senior marketing executives among the nation’s 1,000 largest companies. The Creative Group has offices in major markets across the United States and in Canada and offers online job search services at www.creativegroup.com.