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6 Things Terrible Bosses Do That Make Their Talented Employees Quit

6 Things Terrible Bosses Do That Make Their Talented Employees Quit

According to a Gallup study, many working adults left their jobs because of a bad boss. In a study of 7,200 adults, goal setting and managing priorities were two of the most important factors for workers to be satisfied with their managers.

It can be bemusing when you listen to managers or bosses complain that their best employees are leaving. The thing is, we don’t leave our jobs – we leave our bosses. No employee wants to be in a stiff and tense environment where there is no room to achieve one’s career goals. It is important for bosses to recognize our needs and fulfill our desires. Here are some things bosses do that make us leave.

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1. They don’t trust us

We live in a world where trust is a scarce commodity, but employing someone means that you have a certain amount of belief in the person’s abilities. There is no point in always looking over your shoulder. When a boss continually questions every action or decision we make, we will become frustrated. We need the opportunity to prove our worth.

2. They don’t reward us for our good work

We are not expecting an instant promotion for making the company better and achieving a part of the company’s objectives. Yet there is nothing wrong in offering us a pat on the back. There is no one who doesn’t like a thumb up for their hard work. When we work our butts off to meet deadlines and reach goals, we should be rewarded for a job well done. We won’t leave the company if we are being rewarded for our efforts.

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3. They are dishonest

Every employee values truth and honesty. It is important for bosses to possess character. There really is no excuse for a manager to be dishonest and lie to their employees. When we catch the boss lying, it becomes difficult for us to believe in what the company stands for. We want our bosses to have integrity and solid character.

4. They are difficult

How much opportunity are we given to express our thoughts and offer our ideas? Bosses who let their employees leave could have this know-it-all persona that scares us and our wonderful ideas away. Just as much as bosses are full of great ideas, we also have great ideas of our own. Try and prompt us to be expressive rather than stifle us with authority.

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5. They overwork us

According to a study, overworking employees more than 50 hours diminishes their productivity. No employee wants to be burnt out. Rather than try to break us down with more work, appreciate and value our effort by rewarding us with a better status for our hard work. Even when we are talented and resourceful at our job, we can’t keep producing good work if we’re burnt out. Increasing our workload means the boss should also be willing to offer us a better status, a better paycheck and a better work environment. If they want to turn us into a slave without offering us more rewards, walking out the door seems to be a better deal.

6. They hire and promote the wrong people

Nothing is as awful as a talented person working under a blockhead. You can’t get the best out of a poor structural chain. To get hard working employees to stay, bosses need to learn to have the right people in the right places. They should learn to hire other talented people, who boost the efficacy of already talented employees. When the wrong people are promoted instead of let go, bosses are only creating a platform for the right and talented employees to walk away.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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