Almost a third (30%) of HR managers believe poor work-life balance motivates employees to leave their jobs.
Flexible working was identified as the major aspect of work-life balance by the 200 senior HR executives surveyed with Robert Half. This working style was particularly favoured in Scotland (38%) and Northern England (28%).
Further career advancement was another popular reason for employees leaving companies according to 29% of respondents. Interestingly, this was the highest response for employees in London (40%).
Employees also cited limited opportunities to progress within their existing company and unclear career goals for progression as reasons.
Salary, bonus and benefit considerations were identified as a main motivation for employees switching jobs by over a quarter (27%).
Furthermore, one in 10 (11%) HR professionals said primary motivation of employees leaving their company was finding a job in a better location.
This was a dramatic change from 2011, when respondents cited higher remuneration as the primary reason employees sought job opportunities elsewhere.
Employees in London (38%) and the South England (28%) were particularly motivated by achieving a better work-life balance in 2011.
HR professionals' top five reasons for people changing jobs were:
- Better work-life balance (30%)
- Further career advancement (29%)
- Higher remuneration - including salary, bonus and benefits (27%)
- Better location (11%)
- Better corporate culture (6%)
Robert Half managing director Phil Sheridan said: "Employers should regularly benchmark the remuneration and benefits offered to existing staff to ensure they are competitive alongside firms in similar industries and regions.
"For the majority of employees a strong work-life balance is an important aspect of their overall remuneration package, however, employers should make an effort to check in with key players to seek out their individual motivations."
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