Employees Quit Their Boss

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Employees Quit Their Boss

We have heard this statement over and over “People join organizations and quit managers.” But is there any truth to it? In Gallup’s study, “The State of the American Manager,” they found an alarming statistic. 50% of Americans have left a job to “get away from their manager at some point in their career.” Half of employed Americans listed their boss as the reason for leaving a job.
What do employees want from a manager? The top four are:

  1. Managers who show care, interest and concern for their staff.
  2. To know what is expected of them.
  3. A role which fits their abilities.
  4. Positive feedback and recognition regularly for work done well.
The research shows that if you like your job, and are engaged, there’s a much lower chance employees will go interview somewhere else. So, to improve retention, we need to improve boss’ performance. How do organizations improve management performance? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Set clear performance expectations. Your leaders need to know that you expect them to be good leaders and that you want them to show their employees that they care, are interested in them, provide feedback and recognition, to provide employees with a job that fits their abilities and that employees understand what is expected of them.
  2. Train your leaders. Offer your leaders management development opportunities on the qualities and capabilities you want your leaders to demonstrate. Ensure that the courseware helps your leaders apply the training on the job. Remember - your leaders will only become good at being a leader if they practice the content in the courses they completed.
  3. Be a good role model. Model the qualities you expect of your leaders.
Tom Peters, a management expert, said “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” Great leadership needs to be a priority that’s invested in to create more leaders, and if it’s not, you’ll see turnover higher than you’d like.
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