|Comments on Sunday 24 October 2021:|
|I enjoy this article being remarkably bad at understanding what self-reported data means.
They're taking self-reported "reasons why people quit their last job" as indicating that employees mostly value work-relationships more than the money or commute are factors, and suggesting employers are out of touch for thinking it's about compensation.
They're basically taking the phrase "the straw that broke the camel's back," and reporting "camels struggle to carry very small quantities of straw." When obviously it's the cargo that was there all along that the camel struggles to carry, and "the last straw" is just the event that pushes it over the edge, which is what we hear about.
The reason employers are out of touch is not that they think it's about compensation, but that they think 2% extra compensation in a year with 5% inflation should fix the problem. Which also translates into "I don't feel valued by my manager," the apparent quitter's refrain. Giving that reason for leaving doesn't mean "I want my manager to compliment me" like the article appears to think it does, it means I want to be compensated according to my actual value, rather than according to what the employer believes they can get away with. [15:38]