• http://www.wrightonleadership.com Brenden Wright

    It doesn’t me surprise that “limited career/promotion opportunities” was number one. It’s safe and not personal. I wonder how honest these exiting employees really were when they might need a reference in the future, don’t want to burn a bridge, or just don’t feel what they have to say will make a difference.

  • http://twitter.com/TexasTwittHR Seth McColley, SPHR

    I’ve always been a big believer in the notion that people leave managers, not companies. Generally speaking, most people will stay in a job they dislike and/or are bored with if they have a great working relationship with their manager. On the flip side, most people will leave a great job if the mojo is just bad with their manager.

    Personally, I have always been a bit skeptical of exit interviews because I’m not sure that employees are being 100% honest when surveyed. How do you really know if you’re getting good data? If you have doubts about whether the data you have is good, how do you action against it?

    Just sayin…

    • Noriel

      I agree with Seth as organizations are managed by people and depending on the individuals interpersonal skills if positive will harnest good working relationships for the team.  A negative chemistry just as with personal relationships will never last.

      I still think that there is a relevance for exit interviews though as the organization can acquire great insites to make adjustments or maintain and improve what is going well.

  • Jacque Vilet

    I don’t put much faith in exit interviews even when conducted by big box consulting firms that are a household name like PwC et al.    People don’t want to burn bridges —- more so today in this interconnected world.   We are careful on Facebook, etc.   and I venture to say we are careful in exit interviews.

    I’m a much bigger fan of “stay” interviews.

    • Judy Freides

      I agree with Jacque. Most exiting employees will have the foresight to realize that they will likely need a reference from their supervisor at some point in the future.

  • http://www.hroomph.com/ Alan Miles

    ‘Employees leave managers, not companies.”  That’s my HR thought for the day

  • Annonymous

    Employees who leave and are not honest are nothing but cowards. If you are a good employee, a good reference should not be an issue. I have left a company where I LOVED my position and my boss. Yes, there were ups and downs. But other employee(s) have been the reason that MANY people have left this company. The issues are well known but are never dealt with properly. So valuable employees are lost due to a mediocre (at best) trouble-maker. It doesn’t matter how wonderful the job or manager is, other employees can ruin a business.

  • no name

    I have 8 1/2 out of 9. Sometimes my work is interesting and I don’t have unknown reasons. Can you guess what I am doing?