In the News: Survey identifies top reasons employees quit job – and what you can do to avoid it

According to a recent survey, nearly one-third of adults have quit a job within the first six months – and a whopping 17 percent leave within the first week! Now, a new survey by Bamboo HR identifies the leading reasons why this happens and also discusses what could have been done to improve employers’ onboarding programs (and thus potentially slow that revolving new hire door!)

According to the survey, which included just over 1,000 US employees over the age of 24, the top five reasons workers gave for leaving new jobs shortly after being hired are:
1.Changed mind on work type (meaning they realized the job they had scored wasn’t really what they wanted to do)
2.The work was different than they expected (meaning the job description didn’t accurately reflect the position they were hired for)
3.The boss was a jerk (no explanation needed here!)
4.They didn’t receive enough training (so felt like they were being thrown to the wolves right out of the gate), and
5.The job wasn’t fun (which, again, likely points to problems with the job description or hiring process).

To help mitigate these pitfalls, survey respondents suggested improvements to employers’ onboarding programs. Specifically…

•51.9 percent of respondents requested receiving organized, relevant, and well-timed orientation information
•41.4 percent indicated that new hire orientation should be thorough and extend beyond the first week
•37 percent suggested having an employee/buddy be assigned as a mentor*
•18.6 percent called for more employee socialization, and
•3.8 percent called for “other”

*Please note, however, that this buddy/mentor, should probably not be the one to show your new hire the ropes. In the survey, only 19 percent of respondents noted that this would be the preference, versus 33 percent of respondents who suggested that this be the job of their own managers. Other top choices include someone from HR (28 percent), someone from the department that they’re joining (27 percent) and a dedicated trainer (23 percent).