A recent Gallup poll of more than one million workers concluded that the No. 1 reason people quit their jobs is a bad boss, or immediate supervisor.
We’ve learned that 75% of workers who voluntarily leave their jobs do so because of their bosses and not the position or the role itself.
Never mind how good, well paid, or “great fit” a job may be, people will leave if their reporting relationship isn’t healthy.
“People leave managers not companies … in the end turnover is mostly a manager issue.”
Bad bosses create fear and turn potentially exciting work into drudgery. Studies show having a bad boss can raise a worker’s chance of having a heart attack by as much as 60%.
What is it about a manager that increases the risk of heart disease? The stress and anxiety caused by ridiculously large targets, lack of support, unfair practices and threats of punishment.
Bad bosses are the number one cause of poor productivity, lack of team spirit and unhappiness at work. People often only see what their company stands for through their immediate boss and employees know when they are on shaky ground.
A manager who keeps throwing their people under the bus will create an atmosphere of anxiety and distrust. A recent study shows that 56% of employees would turn down a 10% pay rise to stay with a great boss. Treat employees fairly, reward them for their hard work and they will give 110%.
Employees want managers who are leaders, who will inspire them, who are fair and honest and who will stand up for their team.
We’ve seen too many exceptional employees become disheartened, stop caring, and just go through the motions until they find another job.
Our experience tells us that most managers can learn to develop the key leadership skills to become brilliant – and create the kind of performance improvements they’ve never seen before.
We, at Sewells, can help managers develop the basic leadership skills … such as:
- Commitment to staff
- Team Building
Developing these leadership and people skills will allow you to take control and win over your teams’ hearts and minds to the cause … and achieve breath-taking improvements in performance and results.
What we do works – if you want your organisation to achieve the sort of business improvement you’ve only ever dreamed of before, please get in touch and let us help your managerial teams develop their own effective leadership structures – when you see the benefits to your bottom line you’ll be awfully glad you did!