Six Factors That Push Good Employees Out the Door

By Leigh Branham

In exit interviews, departing employees often say they left for a "better opportunity." In ext interviews, departing employees often say they left for a "better opportunity." You may assume this means "more money." Often that is exactly what it means. But, on closer inspection, there may have been deeper motivations involved.

Many top performers get calls from recruiters enticing them to pursue more lucrative positions with other companies. Yet they often decline to pursue these opportunities. Why? Because they are satisfied enough where they are. Top performers who do pursue these invitations are usually dissatisfied in one or more key areas – growth prospects, lack of challenge or a poor relationship with the boss. We refer to these as "push factors" because they push the employee to start thinking about leaving the company. The recruiter's call, on the other hand, is a "pull factor" that stimulates the employee to take action The six most common "push factors" –reasons good employees leave- are:

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