I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job

by Deborah Perelman

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 1. Bad Cultural Fit

Compensation plays a role, but cultural alignment plays a bigger one. When current employees are aligned with the direction of the organization and when the culture accelerates their career expectations, theyre more likely to stay. It increases

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 2. On the Road to Nowhere

Your growth opportunities within the company seem nonexistent, and it doesnt help that every time there is an opening above you, they hire outsiders. Workers have to know that theyre going to be more valuable as a result of working at an organiza

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 3. No Coaching, No Feedback

Even if employees dont wish to be coddled, a lack of input from their managers can make them feel like theyre working in a vacuum. Generations X and Y are so much more used to immediate feedback, but a lot of their baby boomer-aged managers think

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 4. You\ve Been Frozen

Management put a freeze on salary increases just when you were due for a raise. Why work harder? Why take on new projects? You could probably make 10 percent more elsewhere, so why would you stay?

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 5. Loss of Confidence in Senior Leaders

Maybe they didnt follow up on what they promised in the beginning, or theyre more interested in their own welfare and stock options than the health of the organization as a whole. In the post-Enron era, employees have earned the right to be distr

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 6. You\ve Been Demoted

Management cuts back on help desk hands, and now youve gone from coding and implementing new systems all day to password resets and desktop reboots. Your projects are idle, and management tells you that manning that phone is now your priority. Thi

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 7. Boss Has Fangs

Oh sure, he or she didnt bare them during your three rounds of interviews, but now that youre in the door, its quite obvious why the last three people quit. Toxic workplaces do exist. If you get that noxious boss who is in a position they should

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 8. Poach Bait

According to Forrester Research, the bulk of the work force falls between those on the hunt for a new job and those who dont want to leave their jobs. The passive majority is not looking for jobs, but will leave if the right opportunity presents i

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 9. Shocker Occurred

Something abruptly changed your work paradigm, rendering it unbearable. More employees quit their jobs in response to a one-time event, or a shock, than because of accumulated job dissatisfaction, argues a study published in Oct. 2005 by ass

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 10. New Boss Is a Know-Nothing

Your new IT manager last worked in IT over 10 years ago, and at a different firm, and has no current or relevant experience. Good employees left in droves, and your resignation letter wasnt far behind.

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 11. Favoritism Is Rife

Your requests are consistently denied, but a co-worker who has been there for less time than you is showered with good will, a better office and whichever trips to conferences they want.

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 12. Eighth Reshuffle This Year

Sure, the company is going through some hard times and needs to realign its IT department, but youre reporting to your eighth new supervisor this year, and management constantly reorganizes, shuffles people around and changes direction.

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 13. Commute Just Tripled

The company is moving to a new town, and youve gone from biking to work to spending 3 hours a day in the car. In a major market like Houston or Atlanta, where commutes can be awful, a job opportunity closer to home can make a big difference -- eve

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 14. Doing the Work of Two

The person you shared a workload with just quit, and he or she is not being replaced. What, you dont want to double your workload without any additional compensation? But why not?!

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I Quit! 15 Reasons You Probably Left Your Last IT Job - 15. No Work-Life Balance

You havent taken a vacation or been home before 7:30 p.m. in nearly a year, and youve had about enough. Turns out, its not just you. IT can be especially overworked and spread thin as they need to have all of these balls in the air at once, but

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