Should you stay or should you go?

We recently created a poll on LinkedIn asking why people have left their jobs in the past.


The results were:

Career advancement opportunity – 39%

Wrong Culture fit – 29%

Better Compensation -18%

Work Flexibility – 14%


Read this article written by Search Talent’s IT Recruitment Consultant, Tiarnan Cooney, considering the reasons stated.



People leave their jobs for many reasons. Some of them are based on progression and their career path, while others are based on their personal lives. In this article, we’ll discuss why people leave their jobs and what are the pros and cons of each decision.


Progression Opportunity

If you feel like your career is progressing too slowly or that you are undervalued, it might be time to think about moving on from a particular company or role.

If the opportunity is better elsewhere, there’s no shame in leaving a company and joining another one that aligns better with your plans for the future.

If you’re not enjoying your work or feel that your career is progressing too slowly, it might be time to think about moving on from a particular company or role. Alternatively, have a look internally at what incentives your current company offers for people who want to advance in their careers. Usually, companies reward ambitious behaviours in their staff and will offer some sort of progression plan or incentive to stay with the company.

The issue with leaving a company for a progression opportunity is that your new company may have the same pitfalls as the company you have left. The opportunities may even be lesser than your current company. Therefore, it is very important that if you do decide that it is time to move on, be extra vigilant in the interview and ask about the progression opportunities before joining the firm.


Better Compensation

This may be the most obvious reason for leaving a job, but it’s not necessarily the most common. A higher pay rate can help you meet your financial goals and plan for the future, but it may not be enough to make up for other things that could be missing in your current job. A lot of companies will offer remote working for a reduced salary, which in some cases, can suit an individual much better.

There are also benefits apart from salary which is important. Health insurance is important to many people and while some employers offer health insurance benefits, others do not—or they might offer them through their spouse’s employment instead of providing coverage themselves. Other possible benefits include life insurance policies or disability coverage as well as retirement plan options which provide tax advantages as well as a way to save money toward retirement without having to pay taxes on those contributions now.

Some benefits can be more obscure than just health insurance or pension contributions. Perks like free food at work can help employees save money when going out with friends after work isn’t an option due to budget constraints; gym memberships allow people who work long hours to get some exercise during lunch breaks. Company-sponsored childcare services allow parents more flexibility so they don’t have to take off work whenever their children need care services.

A company that actually cares about its employees’ well-being can go a long way towards making them feel valued and appreciated while also improving productivity.


Work Flexibility

Flexibility is a big deal and can make all the difference. You might be looking for a job that offers a flexible working schedule, which is ideal if you’re trying to juggle other commitments or have young kids. Flexibility means you can pick up your kids from school, while other times it might mean working completely from home or remotely. Whatever the case may be, flexibility can make all the difference when it comes to finding that perfect balance between work and life outside of work.

One downfall of remote work is that employees who are in the office the most, are the most likely to receive promotions. Once senior members of staff recognise employees they are looked upon more favourably when looking for candidates for progression. However if a person can work just as effectively from the comfort of their own home, they should be allowed to do so.


Cultural Fit

Culture fit is the degree to which someone’s personality, skills and values align with those of an organization. It’s about how well you’ll get along with your colleagues, bosses and clients.

Culture doesn’t just mean your workplace or industry. It also includes things like nonverbal communication, cultural sensitivity and body language. For example: What are acceptable office hours? How much socializing is expected outside of work? How do you dress for the office? If a co-worker makes a joke that offends you, are they apologetic or dismissive? These are all factors in determining whether or not someone fits into an organization’s culture

Leaving a company due to a poor cultural fit is completely acceptable. Many of us have a specific way in which we like to work and it is important that we enjoy what we do. The type of work could be exactly what you love but the environment in which it is conducted is not to your taste. If that is the case, the best call of action is to be honest with your current company, and if there is nothing the can do or will do, then it would be time to move on.



When it comes to leaving a job, there are many reasons why people do so. The main point of this article is, to be honest with your current employer. Even if you have received an offer from another firm, have had multiple disputes with your colleagues, or even if you think there is no opportunities at your current firm. Being honest with your current manager and company will always result in positive information to make the correct decision. If they respond negatively, it might be time to look elsewhere. If they respond positively then it might change your opinion on leaving or failing that, at least you are leaving on good terms and have a great reference.

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