Many Regret Leaving a Former Job

Nearly one-quarter (23%) of workers polled said they have regrets about leaving their former job, according to a survey from staffing firm Accountemps.

Biggest regrets include leaving friends and colleagues (28%), departing for the wrong reasons (27%), and saying goodbye to a great boss or mentor (20%). Sixty-three percent of workers would consider returning to a former employer, but it would take better pay (52%), promised opportunity for growth (15%) or a flexible schedule (15%) to entice them back, according to the survey.

Professionals who carefully weigh their options before quitting a job are less likely to regret their decision, says Michael Steinitz, executive director for Accountemps.

The survey includes responses from more than 1,000 U.S. workers ages 18 and older and employed in office environments.