Here are the top 3 reasons why people leave their jobs, plus, 6 mistakes to avoid when you resign

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Smiling young african woman with hair in braids holding documents and standing in front of her coworkers at workplace. Looking at camera. Female and male young people sitting in a row and looking at the girl with a new job.

Leaving your current job can cause a lot of anxiety especially with the all unknown expectations of a new environment. However, a new opportunity to learn coupled with an increased salary can also cause excitement.

The new opportunity could also raise interest amongst your co-workers but you need to be on your guard to avoid causing unwanted animosity.  Consider not bragging about the new position for 2 main reasons: You don’t want to demotivate your colleagues about their current workspace and you might sound like you are criticising your current employer.

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According to Data Scientist at Glassdoor, Morgan Smart and Chief Economist, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain in their study titled Why Do Workers Quit, The Factors that Predict, Employee Turnover, employees quit their jobs for these 3 reasons:

1 - Most employees leave their company when changing jobs.

Employees are about three times more likely to leave for a new employer than to stay and move into a new role at their existing company.

2 - When workers change jobs, they usually get a pay raise.

Employees leave their jobs to get a higher pay instead of making internal moves where they can get a promotion and a higher pay over some time.

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3 - When workers leave employers, it’s usually for a better company culture.

Regardless of whether employees received raises or not, on average workers trade up to companies with better workplace culture for their new roles.

So far we know that the employer, salary and organisational culture influence the decision to resign, but once you have realised you are unhappy at your current job, what are the mistakes we make?

Giselle Rentsch, a recruitment expert at HR Company Solutions lists the following mistakes to avoid when you resign:

1 – Being indecisive

When you resign your mind should be made up and it should be because you are ready for that next step in your life. If you choose to use a resignation as a scare tactic there a chance that it might back fire on you.

2 – Telling your co-workers first

Avoid telling your co-workers about your upcoming resignation first, instead, tell your manager first as it allows them the opportunity to decide how to tell the rest of your colleagues as well as what will be done regarding the handover.

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3 – Giving short notice

Once you have decided to make the move to the new company as hard as it is to contain your excitement and not get in your car and go to the new job immediately after your resign, but your know what they say, patience is a virtue.

4 – Not resigning in person

An example of what you could say in your conversation with your manager is, "I have called this meeting today to say thank you for everything you have taught me in my time with the company. As tough a decision as this has been, I have decided it is time to take the next step in my life and therefore I am resigning."

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5 – Not assisting with the handover

If you are given the opportunity to work your notice period. Take the time to work closely with whomever will be taking over from you and help ensure that they have everything they need when you are no longer there. Not only is this a very professional way to exit the company but it will also show the integrity you have.

Employees who stagnate longer in a given role are significantly more likely to leave their employer for their next job, even after controlling. Change is essential.

6 – Leaving behind personal information

Before you resign make sure you have deleted all your personal details off your computer and make sure you have the contact details of all the colleagues you still want to stay in contact with.

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