Top 10 reasons for switching jobs

It is seldom that people work in a single organization in their career. Hence job switching has become part and parcel of the professional life these days. Emp;loyees always change their job due to many reasons. So what are those reasons? Let us figure out in this article.


Employees changing their jobs has become very common nowadays. The process of finding a new job, leaving the current job, joining the new company and settling there is a time-consuming process. It affects both employee and HR of the company. HR also needs to find the replacement for the outgoing candidate and carry out all the hiring formalities. But why do employees want to leave the organization? Why can't they avoid it? After all, it is an added burden. Let us see the reasons below.

Factors responsible for changing jobs

  1. Salary : Salary is the most important factor making people think about switching their jobs. Cost of living and requirements of the people are rising day by day. Also nowadays people are becoming more and more materialistic and their desires have increased. So if the salary of the people in their company does not rise to the extent they require they obviously think of switching to a new job. They will then target the company which pays handsome salary. Also, it is a known fact that during the time of switching the job salary hike received is much more compared to annual salary hike received by staying in the same company. Hence some people switch jobs due to this.
  2. Position and Designation : After salary this is another important factor which makes people consider switching jobs. As an employee gathers more and more work experience he or she expects that their designation or post also rises along with the salary. For example when a candidate starts his career, in his first job he may be a trainee engineer. Then as he gathers more experience he moves on to Senior Engineer, Principal Engineer, Lead and then Manager or Architect. So if an employee finds that in a company even if his salary is good but his designation is not in alignment with his aspirations and seniority then he may consider switching the jobs. People generally do not prefer junior designations if they are highly experienced. For example, a person with 15 years of work experience may feel uncomfortable if he is made to join as a Lead. He will obviously be expecting a senior designation like Manager or Senior Manager.
  3. Learning and career growth : This is also one of the prime reasons responsible for people quitting their job. There are many people for whom learning new things and career growth inside the company is very important. They want to work on different technologies and projects and also want to handle different types of roles. For such person companies which are not able to provide a good exposure in terms of job profile and technology, employees start feeling stagnation and ultimately get frustrated even if their salary is good. Such employees start thinking of leaving the organization. But there are some employees for whom this factor is not so important. If they feel that they are getting the good salary and the workload is manageable they continue in the same organization even if they do not see career growth. They like to be in a comfortable zone.
  4. Company work culture : Company culture means environment and work practices prevailing inside the company which decided how an employee is handled with respect to their professional and personal life. Employees nowadays prefer companies with very healthy culture in terms of working hours, managing the manpower and transparency in communication. Unhealthy work culture inside the company sometimes puts stress and demotivates the employee and makes him think to quit. For example, a company providing flexible timings, frank and open communication between employees and no office politics will be more attractive to the employees in terms of work culture.
  5. Your Boss / Manager : It is said that sometimes people leave job not because of the company but because of their bosses. It is very true. Your manager or your boss is someone with whom you will interact on daily basis with respect to your work. He is the one who will be judging and reporting your work to the higher management. Hence if your boss is good and you maintain good relations with him then obviously your life becomes easier. But if your boss is not good and you have strained relations with him then even if you are in a good company still doing a job will be problematic for you. Hence how your boss is and how you adjust yourself according to him is also an important factor if you want to stay for a longer period in a company.
  6. Domain change : Sometimes people are not satisfied with the field and domain they are working on. They want to work in different area or domain which may not be available in their present company. Hence they look out for a different company where they can get a job in the domain of their interest. For example, an employee working in a software company is more interested in working on hardware domain then he will look out for the companies working on hardware manufacturing domain.
  7. Work life balance : The work-life balance has now become a buzzword in good companies, especially the software companies. Many companies are now promoting it actively within the company for the betterment of their employees. Employees are more productive if they are able to balance their professional life with personal life. Hence if sometimes the work-life balance is not possible for the company employees to think of switching to the companies where work-life balance is easy.
  8. Relocation and Transfer: There are some reasons where employee is compelled to think of switching the job. Relocation and transfer fall into this. Sometimes people wish to relocate to their preferred city or town which may be their native place or it may be closer to their native place. Also sometimes companies transfer their employees to another office in different city or town. Many times employees do not want to take the transfers as their family is well settled in particular city and it involves disturbing the complete setup. Hence they are compelled to start looking for another job in the same city.
  9. Entrepreneurship : After working in an MNC for a few years and gathering seniority there are many employees who want to be Entrepreneurs and start something of their own which may be their own freelancing business or own company. Such employees naturally leave their current job to fulfill their aspirations.
  10. Workplace politics : Nowadays politics at workplace has become very common and it spoils the work culture. Due to this, there can be instances where a deserving employee does not get promotion and credit for his good work but an undeserving candidate is able to get it. Sometimes management exercises favoritism based on language, state etc. At times an employee who always stays in good books of his manager tends to get the rewards irrespective his capabilities. All these office politics sometimes frustrates the deserving employees and they make their mind to leave the job.


The decision to leave a job should always be backed by some rational thinking and should be taken after analyzing all the pros and cons of it. If everything is going well in your present company and if you are satisfied with your work and salary then there is no reason to change a job. There are some people who after staying in particular company for say 3-4 years feel that it is too long and they should change the company even if everything is fine. This kind of thinking is really not good and should not be the reason behind your change in job. Staying with a company for a long duration has its own advantages. So a decision to change a job should never be taken lightly.


Author: K Mohan13 Mar 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 5

For me switching jobs should not happen as a habit. But there should be genuine reason to leave the present job for the greener pastures. Normally when a person is without a job and gets a job opportunity, his happiness has no bounds. But once he got into the job frame, he starts to assert his rights and further demands. In that process start to look for better offers. What I mean to stress here that the first job is the basic job for any one, and it must be done with great dedication and conviction. No matter there could be some setback and challenges, but those are the period one become rigid and also becomes more experienced to over come from the difficulties. Once you master on the problems and how to come out, any job would be easy. And mind it, no company would be interested to loose a best employee and hence if you are good to the company , then the company shall reciprocate with same degree to retain you. So one should not think of shifting jobs often.

Author: Natarajan13 Mar 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 10

A good article, the traditional concept of the job was that it's a job for life. People would be loyal to the brand or the firm without changing the workplace often.

Currently, the opportunities and the competition is so high that a fantastic company would collapse or employees can be made redundant. Earlier age and senior was respected, now at many places, it becomes a burden in terms of productivity and payouts.
When one has to work in such an environment, he or she has to make the best of opportunities coming by their way.
The salary packet is the core of any employment. If one were to get a 10-15% hike and better perks, then employees would change firms. In the healthcare sectors, nurses and paramedical staff would be offered better pay by rival organization leading to a high attrition rate.

The name tag that we can put on our resume is very important because it means a step up the ladder in career and almost always it has a pay hike. The are many people who would move from a city(customer care manager) via the promotion route to an expanding town or a smaller branch ( as Operations Manager) and then come back to the any of the larger branches via the transfer route. It's like a lateral entry but happens quicker than staying in one place.

Few people truly change jobs for the sake of learning and upgrading their skills, such people should be identifed and retained by the management as their commitment and work ethics would be higher than average.
Gone are the days when people were working just for money, now they look for a conducive work atmosphere that can encourage them to have a good work satisfaction rather than adding stress and target loads.

At times the supervisors/boss becomes insufferable with subtle abuse of the employee. There are some employees for whom dignity and self-respect are above all, such people would quit when they feel their core values are not respected.
Sometimes like a mid-life crisis, people get bored of their work pattern ( although it gives a good pay). After some time these staffs get restless and decide to change their career path or try to become startup entrepreneurs.

More women quit due to lack of work-life balance especially after the birth of the first or second life. At times, when one has good skills in hand and is well off, they quit when the work take much of their time. They become freelancers or part-time staff.

Politics at the workplace is a major adverse force. In the healthcare sector too, I've seen internal politics just ruin the career of good, committed staff at all levels. The problem with workplace politics is that it becomes a taboo subject with the higher management and can't be proved easily.

I think, for the present day employee, he or she should remember that their position is secure as long as things are going well. When a better person or a person at a lower salary can do the job, then the senior employee risks a threat to his/her position. We should be working hard keeping in mind that brand loyalty and employer-employee relationships now are decided on demand and financial implications rather than employee's skill alone.

Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao13 Mar 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 6

A good article and the author has tried to give a list of probable reasons for changing the jobs. When a qualified person is working in a particular job he looks for salary, designation and perks. In addition to all these requirements, they look for job satisfaction. When we assess our performance through self-assessment process we should feel that we are doing a good job and what we are doing is in proportion to the salary what we are getting. Simply giving salary and designations without any change in the job profile and nature of work also is a reason for job changing. A manager of a factory may be promoted to General Manager, Vice President or President, but the nature of the job will remain the same. In such case, some individuals may not get satisfied.
Another important factor is the work atmosphere and a good boss. If the boss is not a person who gives value to the performance, it may not be liked by a good performer. There are some bosses who take other traits into consideration for evaluation rather than the contributions made for the growth of the company. In these circumstances also the employees try to have a change.
A private employee will have a fast career growth if he is making good moves from company to company by putting up a reasonable period of service in each of the organizations he joined. Changing the job too many times and very frequently will also be considered as bad quality for an employee.

Author: darneet kaur14 Mar 2018 Member Level: Silver   Points : 2

The article is perfect in explaining the factors responsible for changing the job. The tradition of switching job is growing. The gap between leaving a job and finding a new one is frictional unemployment.
When the workforce leaves the organisation it is known as Labour turnover. The rate of labour turnover either should be low or normal, it should not be high. It arises due to avoidable causes, unavoidable causes and personal causes.
Salary is one of the biggest reasons for an employee to switch. Cost of living is too high that expenses can't be borne from the salary. Students fees, household expenses, house rent are few reasons people need to switch.
The employee does a lot of hard work to get a promotion. But sometimes he does not get promoted. Sometimes he is promoted but salary does not increase or salary increases but the designation does not.
People usually get bored of doing the same job. So they want to switch the job. Few people want to learn new things so they switch job. Some want to grab more experience.
People may not like companies work culture. They may also not able to adjust to working culture.
Sometimes our boss is also responsible for the change of job. His behaviour, way of interacting, judging us are few reasons in the category. He may not treat us well.
Organisation's rule and regulations are also the reason for people changing job. All these factors need to be improved. Then only the ratio will improve.

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