Bad bosses drive employees away: survey

Robert Half survey says employee appreciation is a powerful motivator

Two in five workers in Canada have quit their jobs due to a bad boss, according to a new survey.

The research was released on Wednesday by global staffing firm Robert Half.

“Managers set the tone for the office and have a considerable amount of influence over the daily experiences and satisfaction of their employees ― for better or worse,” said David King, senior district director for Robert Half, in a statement. “When supervisors show genuine enthusiasm for projects or new initiatives, and encourage open and frequent communication in the workplace, staff feel more engaged, and better supported in day-to-day challenges.

“Employee appreciation is also a powerful motivator. The more valued workers feel, the more likely they are to stick around. Even small gestures like providing regular feedback, and ‘thanks’ for a job well-done help staff recognize their impact on the business, while demonstrating an active interest in their professional growth and success.”

The company gave the following examples of a few ways bad bosses can cause employees to leave:

  • A bad boss is generally tough to reach. Employees often need quick input and decisions from leaders to move forward with projects. Staff who can’t count on a timely reply are likely to be continually frustrated and may eventually seek greener pastures.
  • A bad boss micromanages everyone. Bosses who require constant updates and give overly detailed directions on how work should be done can exasperate employees. It also shows workers that you don’t believe they can make good decisions on their own. Managers who demonstrate trust in their employees and give them breathing room often have better staff retention. 
  • A bad boss leaves the managing to others. Those managers on the other end of the scale – the ones who provide vague direction or leave tough decisions to other people all the time – are another reason why good employees leave. Workers want a leader who leads and offers insight they may not have, not someone who just occupies an office.

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