People quit their job. It happens all the time. But as an employer, you hope it doesn’t happen to you. And you especially don’t want your best people to quit.

We asked our software recruiters for some insights into why top performers choose to quit and move on from their existing employers. They find that top performers often share similar reasons for choosing to quit. Below are some of the most likely reasons your best people will hand in their resignation:

software recruiters why the best employees quit


No room for further advancement

Your best people became top performers because they have the desire to continue to grow and improve. But when they reach the point where they have no more room to move up or there are limited advancement opportunities, they’ll quickly become bored. Even if they can make more money, they’ll still want to take on new challenges. If you can offer this, they’ll find another company that can offer them the chance to advance their career.

They are not being heard

Your top performers have a lot of great insights and knowledge. There is a reason you depend on them. They also know they have contributions to make, and they want to be heard when they make a suggestion. Some of the reasons they may feel like they are not being heard are:

  •         A lack of real feedback
  •         Issues with internal processes
  •         Customer needs don’t get addressed
  •         Not getting enough or any face time with decision-makers.

You over-promised and didn’t deliver

It’s not uncommon for some employers to make bold claims during the recruiting process to get top talent to come work for their organization. But if you promise something you know you won’t be able to deliver in the future, don’t be surprised if people start to exit your company.

They feel undervalued

Top performers don’t have a problem with doing a little extra work and putting in extra time to get the job done. They just want to be recognized for it. They want to feel like a valued part of the team. However, all too often, companies lead on their best people too much. They become overworked and burn out. They often get tasked with picking up the slack for poor performers and not getting the recognition they deserve. When this happens, they feel undervalued.


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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across Canada and internationally. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Executive Search / Board & C-Suite, Technology, Media, Digital & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Financial Services & Insurance, Startup, Data Science, Consumer, eCommerce & Retail, HR, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Engineering, Construction & Engineering, Legal & Professional Services, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, and Sales. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Riel LaPointe Financial Recruiter

Riel LaPointe

Riel is a VP of Client Services with IQ PARTNERS where he recruits across the full scope of multiple lines of business, with a particular focus in Financial Services & Insurance, Technology, Human Resources, and Real Estate Services.

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