Sushobhan Mukherjee

Why do people leave Job?



Job and Attrition are very interlinked subject at this moment. SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) is a common buzz across the globe. But people in India and especially in Bengal not interested to work in SME, Start-up, New Organizations even though learning opportunities are immense. People prefer working in big companies where they might be seating in the bench for long duration due to non-availability of work. There is a popular myth that there is job scarcity in the market. But that is not true. There are enough jobs available for the right candidate with right skills and attitude. Hence aspiring students/job seekers does not get suitable job or even after getting job they remain unhappy and prefer leaving it behind. On the contrary, employers become disappointed due to the skill mismatch, gap with expectations and in effect fail to retain and mentor him/her for growth. This becomes a chicken and egg story and a perennial problem exists in the society.

In my entrepreneurial journey I have seen several instances which are clueless. I have learned lot of stories from my fellow friends as well. And all of the instances having a story behind. In this section today I will try to list down few of the instances which are experiences by me or my friends. The stories of few of the points will be explained in separate blog in the same series (hope you remember the 1st blog in this series “Why Pradip Left the Job”. Here goes few samples:

  1. The engineer had to leave office at 6.45pm instead of 6pm and he missed the train which he is used to board. Did not turn up next day onward (even though he was having lot of liability and was not having any alternate job)
  2. One guy taken leave for “Liver Related Problem” (after working six months) and did not comeback.
  3. The fresher engineer (who spent more than a lakh amount in training in almost all domain like linux, windows, networking, php, maya etc) and we were trying to mentor and groom him. But within three months he started complaining to customers (instead of sharing his discomfort to us , he started pitching to the customers) that he has not been given Linux oriented jobs and finally left without giving us opportunity to train him in Linux domain before live projects.
  4. Fresher “Muslim” guy left job since he had been told to support onsite customer support (FMS) during durgapuja and adjust the leave during Maharam (which was immediately after durgapuja that year). Instanly he rejected since it will disturb his enjoyment during puja with friends and did not turn up next day onwards.
  5. The candidate had a seat beside bathroom hence he left the job.
  6. Boss asked the candidate to find out his driver (his mobile was not reachable) at nearby pan-shop and hence he left the job.
  7. Boss asked him to stay till 8 pm for a specific reason and he left the job immediately without informing anyone.
  8. Customer shouted heavily as he attended a call after 2 hours and delay was due to traffic problem / train late. In effect he left the job.
  9. The candidate was sent to a remote customer where there is no office of his organization. Left the job on return.
  10. Candidate was playing games and caught by a co-worker and he in turn threatened him to complain to the authority. And he left the job
  11. Within 4 hrs notice he was asked to visit a customer at Jharkhand. He left office for home to prepare himself. But finally did not go and vanished afterwards.
  12. Candidate was having slight stammering. A female co-worker laughed at him and while stammering and he left the job.
  13. The engineer was deputed to a CCTV Surveillance Project to learn along with senior person. There was contractor to lay, drill etc and the other senior engineer was there to configure, test and train customer, Engineer felt the work is below standard and a HS Passed Engineer can do this. Hence he left.
  14. At the time of interview he was informed that he will work as a network engineer but he was asked to visit a customer for support purpose and he left the job.
  15. Senior asked him to bring tea from cafeteria and in effect he left the job.
  16. She was asked to stay one hour more in the evening and her father came office and took her home saying she won’t do the job any more.
  17. Candidate was late in attendance for few days and he was asked to be on time to avoid deduction from salary. He did not come next day onwards.
  18. Candidate was asked to carry a switch and some cables to customer place and he left the job. He even hold company’s laptop for a few days.
  19. Recruiter imposed a financial bond for one year (like he cannot leave the job before one year and if he does so he will be liable to payback some amount to the organization).He did not join.
  20. Engineer acted very casual at customer place (Customer link went down and they incurred business loss due to wrong command given in the router) and he was questioned by his senior. He left the job.
  21. A CCNA candidate thought he had excellent knowledge in router. But the gap in knowledge was identified in the first day of his joining and he had been asked to study to mediate the gap. He left.
  22. The first day was very hectic and the engineer could not have lunch on time. His mother told her not to continue.
  23. She was good at sales/ marketing co-ordination and was performing well and was earning handsome salary. Her boyfriend (jobless) did not want her to do a job and in effect she left.
  24. Candidate was asked to manage the customer who is in firing mood. Left
  25. And so on.

Stay Tuned on my later posts on this series for stories on each and every aspects.

Supreme Lord can only save us, our society, our youth, our next generations. Lets pray for them.


Author: Sushobhan Mukherjee

Co-founder and CEO of Prime Infoserv LLP, one of the leading System Integrator and IT-space consulting ecosystem of Eastern India working with top pan-Indian and global brands. 18 years of experience in the domain and is a key industry voice with memberships in Indian premier IT trade bodies like NASSCOM and TiE. A bootstrapping enterprise-builder with a high flair for teaching and mentoring.

3 thoughts on “Why do people leave Job?

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  2. I have gone through various facts as experienced by you and your friends relating to the problem of attrition.
    I have grouped these experiences as per following and attempted to find out ways and means to overcome it.

    1. Personal causes
    2. Cultural causes
    3. Social causes

    personal causes like personal difficulties, family difficulties, outside pressures career advancement, dissatisfaction with remuneration, management, working conditions, work types, expectation gap etc. Entrepreneurs may say that they have entered into the organization knowing all. Nothing was kept secret to them. But here lies the misconception. At the time of taking entry, a would be employee generally agrees to all terms and conditions. But after joining he suddenly becomes aware about his surroundings and dissatisfaction creeps into his mind. An entrepreneur has to watch the causes of dissatisfaction – some controllable and some uncontrollable. He has to carefully remove the controllable factors of dissatisfaction .

    Cultural causes which include non-involvement with works, non-involvement with company objectives, company interests. It is a Bengali trait. They are only attached with the specific job they are allotted. They do not want to know the broader objective of the company. Whether company makes progress or not does not bother them. I think the Entrepreneurs have to work hard on this matter by providing training, if possible providing a foreign tour to attend customers’ meet or like, suitable incentive, gifts in new year/puja , subsidized food (if possible) to the employees . An entrepreneur has to think in an innovative way regarding unique but low cost gratification to its employees time to time. These are all aimed to boost the morale of the employees so that they will feel pride of their organization. They will also be proud to declare to their peers of other organizations regarding at least one unique gratification they receive from their organization which is not received by others.

    Social causes – it includes religious causes, local social customs, and socio –political atmosphere. An entrepreneur should not take any step which may cause unnecessary and avoidable social tensions. An entrepreneur may have political views – but business is politico- neutral. An entrepreneur should not express his political views before his employees.

    In conclusion i may say that entrepreneurs are required to delve into the problem to find out the root causes of attrition through brain storming activities and take action accordingly. This exercise if properly done and decided actions are taken carefully the problem can be substantially avoided. It will be much beneficial if employees themselves participate in the brain storming sessions.

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