Toxic company culture is the number one reason workers quit their jobs

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In the United States, nearly 33% of employees are considering leaving their jobs, while 25% have actually quit in the past six months, citing “toxic company culture” as the #1 reason for leaving.

That’s according to a 2022 survey from FlexJobs, exploring workers’ motivations for quitting and how they planned to do so.

“People are always considering and actively making career changes for a better work experience that will provide benefits such as work-life balance and flexibility,” said Toni Frana, career services manager at FlexJobs. “From our perspective, the Great Resignation is still very much alive and trending.”

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Additionally, among workers who recently left, 68% left with no further vacancies, the survey found, suggesting continued leverage for employees.

In 2021, about 47 million workers voluntarily left their jobs and the high turnover rate continued through 2022, with 4.4 million people quitting in February, according to the US Department of Labor. That’s just below November’s record of 4.5 million departing employees.

While toxic company culture was the main reason for fleeing, low pay, poor management and a lack of work-life balance were other top motivators, according to the survey.

“Of the top seven factors people consider when deciding to leave a job, six of them revolve around the employee experience,” Frana said. “It shows how important it is to have a healthy company culture, with strong managers who really connect with and support employees.”

In a tight labor market, companies may need to do more than raise wages to retain talent. Many employees are looking for remote work options, flexible hours, career growth opportunities, competitive perks and more, according to the survey.

Quit professionally

Despite the temptation to “rage-resign” from a difficult role, only 4% of workers have done so, according to the survey. In most cases, workers changed careers, aiming to find a new position in three to six months.

“When considering resigning, it’s important not to cut ties with your current employer,” Frana said.

Work on emphasizing the positive experiences you have had during your employment, including during the exit interview.

Toni Franca

Career Services Manager at FlexJobs

It’s always good practice to give your supervisor two weeks notice of your departure and provide documentation – passwords, deadlines and other relevant details – to help ease the transition. And you’ll want to work hard until the end, offering to train a replacement, wrap up projects and answer questions before you leave, suggests FlexJobs.

“As your time at the company draws to a close, strive to emphasize the positive experiences you have had during your employment, including during the exit interview,” Frana added.