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Some Top Reasons Employees Leave Their Jobs

Healthcare organizations, are at a critical level. Enrollment in RN programs has declined by 50,000 students or 22 percent.4

  • Salaries
    Employees are moving to higher paying jobs.

  • Staff Shortages
    Employees are overworked. They are working long hours, plus weekend work, with no relief in sight.
    * Administrative help has been cut back and counselors are using their time for clerical duties.
    * They are bogged down with paperwork.
    Click here for more details on staff shortages.

  • Fatigue
    Employees are emotionally and physically exhausted.

  • Poor Communication
    Employees are frustrated with supervision.
    * Management is not communicating with staff in an open and timely manner.
    * Clear expectations have not been communicated.
    * Their relationship with their supervisor is poor.

  • Lack of Challenge
    Employees’ needs are not being met.
    * They are not offered more responsibility and/or interesting work.
    * Their skills and abilities are underutilized.
    * There are no defined career path or advancement plans in place.
    * There are no training opportunities for professional growth.
    * There are no advancement opportunities.

  • Job Autonomy
    Employees are not included in the decision-making process.

  • Recognition
    * Employees are not recognized or rewarded for their efforts.
    * Regular feedback about performance is lacking.
    * There are few or no incentives.

  • Work-Life Options
    * Employees have no flexibility in their work schedules.
    * Job sharing, maternity, paternity, part-time work and other options are not available.

  • Employee’s Life Situation Has Changed
    * Employee’s needs have changed.
    * They have recently gotten married, there’s been a birth of a child, spouse’s job is relocating, etc.

  • No Fun
    * Employees are no longer enjoying their work.
    * They are not having fun with their co-workers and/or specific job.

  • Alienation
    * Employees are alienated from opportunities.
    * There are signs of favoritism. Some workers are getting better offices, trips to conferences, etc. or management has promoted someone who lacks training and/or experience.

  • Poor match.
    * Employees were not matched properly with the job and/or organization from the beginning and this situation was not addressed.

Regional ATTC Workforce Surveys – Surveys of addiction treatment workforce across the country conducted by ATTC Regional Centers.

Sirota Survey Intelligence Survey – Survey provides information to explain why employees voluntarily quit their jobs.


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