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The Top Five Reasons Why People Are Leaving Their Jobs in Australia in 2023

Elizabeth Kingston

The Leading Causes of Job Turnover in Australia for 2023

As recruiters, at we have a unique insight into the job market. Every day, we talk to candidates who are considering leaving their jobs, and we hear firsthand the reasons behind their decisions. In this article, we're going to share the top five reasons why people are leaving their jobs in Australia, based on our conversations with candidates so far in 2023.


1. Managers Who ar Failing at At Hybrid Leadership

The pandemic has fundamentally shifted our work dynamics, introducing a new normal - hybrid working. This model, where some team members work from home while others are in the office, requires a fresh set of leadership skills and techniques. Unfortunately, not all managers have been able to successfully navigate this transition. Many candidates we speak to express that their managers are struggling to effectively lead in this hybrid environment. This struggle often manifests as miscommunication, decreased team morale, and a sense of disconnect. Ultimately, these challenges are prompting employees to seek new opportunities where hybrid leadership is better understood and implemented.


2. The Stagnation of Learning and Development

The desire for continuous learning and development, both professionally and personally, is a significant motivator for many employees. However, a common sentiment we encounter among candidates is a sense of stagnation in their current roles. They express a feeling of having hit a learning plateau, which leaves them yearning for more growth opportunities. Organisations that can consistently provide and effectively communicate about these development opportunities are becoming increasingly appealing to job seekers. Interestingly, many of the employers we collaborate with do offer exceptional learning opportunities. This raises a question - could there be a disconnect between the learning opportunities an organisation provides and how effectively these are communicated to the employees? It's a possibility we believe is worth exploring.


3. The Quest for a Balanced Work-Life Equation

The concept of work-life balance has always held significance, but the advent of the pandemic has amplified its importance. In our conversations with candidates, we've noticed a growing desire for roles that offer greater flexibility and a more harmonious equilibrium between their professional and personal lives. The era of sacrificing personal time in the name of work is fading. Candidates are increasingly seeking roles that allow them to approach their weekends with vitality still intact, rather than being drained by the workweek. The notion of being solely defined by one's career is becoming outdated. The sentiment "work to live, not live to work" is gaining traction, especially among newer entrants to the workforce.  


4. Unsatisfying Salary or Benefits

With the rising cost of living, salary and benefits are a major factor in job satisfaction. In fact, a recent survey by SEEK found that 40% of Australian workers are looking to move jobs in the next six months, with the number one reason being for more money. Candidates are seeking roles that not only offer a competitive salary but also benefits that align with their lifestyle and values.


5. The Significance of 'Work Vibe'

Indeed, it's a real factor. The atmosphere and energy of a workplace, or the 'work vibe', profoundly impact an employee's job satisfaction. A toxic work environment can be a significant stressor, leading to dissatisfaction and, ultimately, employee turnover. Conversely, a positive work vibe, characterised by supportive colleagues and a sense of value, can dramatically enhance job satisfaction and employee retention. The element of enjoying one's time at work, the quality of interpersonal relationships, and the pleasantness of the physical environment are becoming increasingly important considerations for certain demographics in the job market.


In conclusion, understanding why people are leaving their jobs is crucial for organisations looking to attract and retain top talent. By addressing these issues, companies can create a work environment that not only attracts great candidates but also keeps them long-term. If you're a hiring manager struggling to retain your staff or attract new talent, we at Kingston Human Capital are here to help. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can support your recruitment needs.  Email our  Team right now.


By Elizabeth Kingston.



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