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Great resignation: According to Gallup, the top three reasons why people quit their jobs

from: Alix Martichoux, Nexstar media cable

Posted: 09/12/2021 / 9:58 AM EDTUpdated: 9/12/2021 / 1:29 PM EDT

Almost half of the American workforce would like to change jobs, a Gallup study found. (Photo: Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – The pandemic has clearly disrupted the global economy. While some have been forced out of work by layoffs, others are quitting voluntarily – so many of them have called the trend “great resignation”.

Gallup studies earlier this year found that 48% of the American workforce was actively looking for a job change.

What motivates people to give it up? According to Jon Clifton, Global Managing Partner at Gallup, the problem isn’t really salary or even COVID-19 fallout. Speaking to Axios Thursday, Clifton said Gallup data shows the real problem is employee split off.

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The three most common reasons Gallup did not find employees engaged at work were:

  1. See no development opportunities
  2. Do not feel connected to the company’s purpose
  3. Not having strong relationships at work

Businesses and managers need to ensure these three things for their employees when trying to increase retention, the study found.

The majority of American workers surveyed – 64% – said they did not feel engaged at work. However, according to Clifton, the percentage of committed workers grows over time. “One reason is that management strategies are changing,” he said. Companies don’t just promote people to management positions because they are good at their jobs. Rather, they see management as a skill in itself, making sure people are good at leading others before they are more directly subordinated to them. Good managers mean more engaged employees and less turnover, Clifton said.

Employees who are committed to their work go out far less often. Gallup noted that they would have to be offered a 20% raise to even consider leaving.

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