People quit problems

I quit

I heard a long time ago that people don’t quit jobs, they quit people, they quit their managers. For some reason way back when I heard this I thought it was genius! Maybe I thought it was true because I was in a place where I wanted to quit and I wanted to blame someone else (I didn’t quit at the time by the way). It made sense back then, mostly because one of my managers was driving me insane. Calls and texts and emails at all hours, always demanding things, unrealistic expectations, etc. It was a real nightmare, but I learned to deal with it. Recently I’ve seen several posts pop-up about people quitting people again and I thought if I were to quit my job tomorrow, it wouldn’t be because of my manager so maybe there isn’t a lot of truth in the “people quit people” statement? What do you think about the understanding that people quit problems instead? A problem could be anything, you aren’t working your dream job, your pay isn’t what you would like, your family is relocating, the company changed its direction and it’s not a direction you support, you don’t like your co-workers, you don’t like the company processes (that no one else seems to be bothered by). A problem really could be anything and sometimes the solution is quitting and going somewhere else.

I wonder too though, when you are driven to quit, is it really your supervisors fault that you quit? How much did you share with that supervisor and how much did you expect them to figure out on their own? What did you contribute to the problem you thought your manager was not taking care of? Is your quitting just you pitching a fit or is it legit not a fit anymore?

Not a super thought-provoking post, just wondering out loud why we buy into hype (and buzz words) sometimes.

Author: Kristina H. Minyard, SHRM-CP, PHR

My goal is to challenge the way we view, measure, and utilize HR and recruiting in a positive and encouraging way. I love working in HR and value the network of HR professionals that I also call friends. I'm always learning from my fellow HR pros and find comfort in their expertise. I'm an active member of my local SHRM chapter (NASHRM) and a total HR enthusiast! My HR related knowledge is a mix of recruiting, retaining, engaging and just plain helping people discover their passion. I'm a follower of Christ, Wife, Mom, Corporate Recruiter, Blogger, problem solver, runner, Sports FANATIC & Razorback surviving amongst the [crimson] tide! You can find me on twitter & Instagram: @HRecruit Snapchat: kminny32 Google+: LinkedIn: Thoughts here (and on all my social media channels) are mine and do not represent the thoughts/beliefs of my employer. Why would I name my blog HR Pockets? Read about it in my first post years ago!!

3 thoughts on “People quit problems”

  1. Kristina…I think you hit it on the nail…personally I love my current manager (in a professional sort of way of course! lol) but when I get ready to give my two weeks…it will have been other factors outside of my bosses control that drove me to that decision i.e. lack of professional development and growth opportunities, lack of sufficient staffing, etc.

    1. In my experience (and I would think a lot of people could say what I’m about to say) I’ve typically had a stronger loyalty to my manager than the overall organization. It can go either way, I’m sure & you could probably even argue that some of your frustrations could be your managers fault. Just thinking out loud here.

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