Why People Leave

For the individuals considering a change in job, the reasons can be as many and varied as the personalities involved. For the organization with pathologically high turnover,a few reasons account for most departures:

  • a just-passing-through mentality: Co-workers engender no feelings of long-term involvement in the job.
  • a feeling of disposability: Management can only think of its workers as interchangeable parts (since turnover is so high, nobody is indispensable).
  • a sense that loyalty would be ludicrous: Who could be loyal to an organization that views its people as parts?

Source: Productive Projects and Teams 2nd ed, written by Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister


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