Bad Bosses & Job Turnover

More than half of all employees have considered leaving their current position due to their boss. 


"Yeah, I'm gonna need you to come in on Saturday..." Image credit: "Office Space"

It’s no surprise that bosses and managers set the tone in the workplace. But according to recent research from Development Dimensions International, Inc. (DDI), only 40% of global respondents said their boss has never damaged their self-esteem.

Some of the key findings from the study include:

  • Approximately 45% of workers believe they can be more effective than their boss
  • 42% feel their bosses sometimes or never handle conflict effectively
  • More than half (55%) of employees say they have considered leaving their job because of their boss

Worker’s perceptions about their supervisors have important ramifications for the job market and indicate that many job seekers may have remained at their previous positions if their experiences with their supervisors had been more positive.

Although salary, benefits and new opportunities are always the polite exit interview responses, survey respondents had a different story about why they would leave for greener pastures. More than half said they had thought about leaving a job primarily due to poor company leadership, 39% said they have followed through and left their position due to their boss.

On the upside, When it came to setting clear expectations,Interestingly, three out of four (74%) respondents indicated that their boss usually set clear expectations and 66% reported that company leadership provided them with the support they needed to be successful in their vocation.

Pete Weaver, Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for DDI’s Leadership Solutions Group, says: “While some leaders are barriers when it comes to employees getting work done, many leaders do what is necessary to remove obstacles and clear a path to success.”

Tags: ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply