During a recent talk at a conference, one of the speakers spoke about why people choose to leave jobs. I’ve read a lot of research about why people leave work. It might be because they feel undervalued or that they simply don’t enjoy their work. But the speaker put it to the audience that people don’t leave jobs – they leave bosses.
When I left my last full-time nine-to-five job it was because I was done with the place. But, when I think back, the key was a change in management that lead to a massive cultural shift in the organisation. So, even though, at the time, I felt that I was leaving a place I didn’t like I was probably leaving a manager that I didn’t agree with.
So, while I had a superficial reason, it was something deeper that really drove me. I often hear people say they left a job for better money but, when you really get into the nitty gritty and ask if they would have stayed for more money, they still would leave.
I’m curious. Why did you leave your most recent job? And if you’re quick to answer, take that reason away and ask if you would have stayed if that one thing had been rectified.