Study highlights: why people are quitting their jobs

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While “stagnant wages” were cited as the top reason full-time workers quit their jobs globally, three out of the top six factors were due to work-life management challenges.

  • The top five reasons were: minimal wage growth, lack of opportunity to advance, excessive overtime hours, a work environment that does not encourage teamwork and a boss that doesn’t allow you to work flexibly.
  • Parents are more likely than non-parents to mention a lack of opportunity to advance as a reason to quit, demonstrating continued career ambition after having children.
  • While they are still ambitious after having children, flexibility issues are considerably more important to parents than non-parents as a factor in quitting. Perhaps seeking work-life role models, the biggest gap is tied to seeing “few senior colleagues who are working parents or in dual-career families” (60% for parents, 43% for non-parents).

Top 5 reasons millennials quit by country

Top 5 reasons millennials quit by country

 

US

UK

Brazil

Germany

India

Japan

Mexico

China

1

Minimal wage growth
(78%)

Minimal wage growth
(71%)

Minimal wage growth
(86%)

Excessive overtime hours
(75%)

Lack of opportunity to advance
(78%)

Excessive overtime hours
(73%)

Lack of opportunity to advance
(84%)

Minimal wage growth
(82%)

2

Lack of opportunity to advance
(75%)

Lack of opportunity to advance
(71%)

Lack of opportunity to advance
(85%)

Minimal wage growth
(73%)

A work environment that doesn’t encourage teamwork
(77%)

Limited access to mentors/
sponsors
(71%)

A boss that doesn’t allow you flexibility
(83%)

Lack of opportunity to advance
(78%)

3

Excessive overtime hours
(72%)

Excessive overtime hours
(69%)

A boss that doesn’t allow you flexibility
(85%)

Flexibility stigma
(72%)

Excessive overtime hours
(77%)

A work environment that does not encourage teamwork
(71%)

Flexibility stigma
(82%)

Flexibility stigma
(67%)

4

A work environment that doesn’t encourage teamwork
(66%)

Too much overnight travel
(67%)

A work environment that doesn’t encourage teamwork
(80%)

Lack of opportunity to advance
(71%)

Minimal wage growth
(76%)

Minimal wage growth
(69%)

Excessive overtime
(82%)

A work environment that doesn’t encourage teamwork
(67%)

5

A boss that doesn’t allow you flexibility
(66%)

Flexibility stigma
(66%)

Flexibility stigma
(79%)

A boss that doesn’t allow you flexibility
(68%)

Too much overnight travel
(76%)

Lack of opportunity to advance
(66%)

Lack of workplace flexibility
(80%)

Excessive overtime
(65%)

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