The Top Five Reasons to Quit a Job

A new career survey reveals what drives employees to quit a job – and what they look for in a new one.

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What's the most common reason to quit a job? From COVID shutdowns, to a booming hiring market in certain sectors, to an epidemic of tech/media/real estate layoffs, it's been a rollercoaster for members of the American workforce. 

A new survey reveals employees' reasons for being fed up with their jobs after a tumultuous few years.

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Reason for QuittingPercentage of Respondents
Poor work-life balance29%
Low or unfair pay28%
Toxic work culture27%
Feeling disrespected or undervalued26%
Limited opportunities to advance25%

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Ben Demers
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Ben Demers manages digital content and engagement at Kiplinger, informing readers through a range of personal finance articles, e-newsletters, social media, syndicated content, and videos. He is passionate about helping people lead their best lives through sound financial behavior, particularly saving money at home and avoiding scams and identity theft. Ben graduated with an M.P.S. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Vassar College. He joined Kiplinger in May 2017.