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Almost a Third of Employees have Left a Job Because the Culture Wasn’t What They Expected


New research from pre-hire assessment specialists, ThriveMap, reveals that 32% of employees have left a job because the culture wasn’t what they thought it would be when they joined the organisation. When asked what was different from what they expected, 56% said it was the behaviour of senior leaders, 53% said it was the behaviour of colleagues and 51% cited everyday management. These figures indicate that a significant proportion of companies are not being completely honest around their employer brand and selling candidates an untruthful picture of what their organisation is really like.

As the war for talent intensifies fuelled by record levels of employment and a lack of skilled employees, the employer brand is becoming increasingly important. 78% of people will research the employer’s reputation before applying for a job and a massive 88% of millennials believe that being part of the right company culture is very important.[1]

Given these figures the temptation is clearly there for employers to create a brand that they think employees want to work for, rather than accurately reflect what their workplace is really like. The results of ThriveMap’s survey shows this is a self-defeating exercise. Employees are more than prepared to leave their job because they aren’t happy with the culture that they are working in.

Culture seems to be more important to younger members of the workforce, as those aged below 44 years old are considerably more likely to have left a job because it wasn’t what they expected, than those aged 45 and over. Around 35% of the younger age group have left their role, while only around 25% of the older age group has done so. This shows that employers will need to think even more carefully about how they present themselves to the outside world in the coming years if they are to attract talent that has the right skills and wants to work for them.

Chris Platts, CEO of ThriveMap said,

“While it could be tempting for organisations to base their employer brand on what they think is attractive to candidates, this is clearly doesn’t work in the long-term. Employers need to be brave enough to present prospective employees with a “warts and all” brand, showing a realistic picture of what it’s like to work in the organisation. This way they can be sure that they will attract those people that really suit their organisation.”


Chris is a digital marketing and publishing whizz by trade, having worked alongside the Automotive, Information Security and Software Asset Management sectors.

Specialising in data analysis and social media, he combines an analytical approach with a creative flair to achieve the best results. With a keen interest in Technology and Politics, Chris is constantly on the look-out for the latest stories around change and innovation.

As a lover of all things innovative, he has developed a keen eye for spotting the latest trends and hot topics. He sources and reads the latest news and thought-leadership articles from the world of recruitment before sharing them with the social media population.


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