Why Good Employees Quit

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When good employees quit, it’s hard for those same leaders not to take it personally. An unexpected resignation letter can feel like a betrayal.

But before you place the blame solely on the newly departing and reframe your past history to try and spin them as less valuable than they really were, consider some of the reasons good employees quit.

Burnout
Boredom
Bad Managers
Better Pay
Bigger Opportunity
Blah Purpose

There are certainly more reasons good employees quit than these six. But these six represent the intersection between the felt emotions of good employees and the untaken actions of team leaders. If too many good people are turning over too fast, consider these six reasons as starting points for making adjustments as a leader. You may not keep good employees from leaving forever, but you will create an environment where they can do some of the best work they’ve ever done and will reflect on you as one of the best leaders they’ve ever had.

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