A study by software company BambooHR found that one in three people have quit a job within the first six months.
The firm surveyed 1,005 U.S. employees over the age of 24 to learn if they’d quit a job, why they quit, and what which onboarding efforts might have kept them around longer.
Here are the top five reasons U.S. workers gave for leaving new jobs:
- Bad career move: They were deciding on a career, and didn’t like the one they’d chosen.
- Not as advertised: The job description didn’t accurately reflect the position.
- Boss was a jerk: Doesn’t require further explanation.
- Insufficient training: Employee felt they were put to work without adequate tools.
- Job was zero fun: Work was never amusing, engaging, uplifting, inspiring – or even remotely fun.
What They Said About Onboarding Efforts
Those surveyed were also asked what onboarding efforts they wanted most in the first week. They said:
- On-the-job training
- Review of company policies
- Tour of the building/facility
- Desk/equipment set up and ready
- Being assigned a mentor
Respondents also indicated who they want showing them the ropes:
- 33% said a manager
- 28% said someone from HR
- 27% said co-workers
- 23% said a dedicated trainer
- 22% said a colleague, and
- 19% said an assigned mentor.
Other interesting finds in the survey included:
- The five things workers want employers to do differently to help them stay.
- The types of positions workers are abandoning early.
- What lousy onboarding is costing companies.