Holding onto new employees can be hard. In fact, recent research by BambooHR, a software company, found that 31% of people have quit a job within the first six months.
BambooHR surveyed 1,005 U.S. employees over the age of 24 to find out what has made them quit jobs in the past and what could be done to improve employers’ onboarding programs.
Why they’ve quit quickly
Here are the top five reasons U.S. workers gave for leaving new jobs shortly after being hired:
- Changed mind on work type (in other words, they were still deciding on their career path and it turns out they didn’t like the one they’d chosen)
- The work was different than they expected (in other words, the job description didn’t accurately reflect the position)
- My boss was a jerk (so employers need to be more careful about not putting tyrants in charge)
- Didn’t receive enough training (in other words, employees don’t want to be thrown to the wolves unprepared), and
- The job wasn’t fun (in other words, the job description failed new hires again).