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Are Bad Management Styles Leading To Employee Turnover? You Make The Call

Global staffing firm Robert Half International found that employees in the current job market are not likely to put up with intimidation techniques or bad management, which causes 66 percent of workers to quit because of their supervisor.

Not everyone may agree about what constitutes a "bad" boss, but some traits rank higher than others according to experts at Robert Half International. Employees said harassment, discrimination, illegal behavior, poor communication, and impeding employee success were traits in a manager that would make them want to leave their job.

However, some individuals may simply disagree with their supervisor's management style or personality. Experts point to three types of managers who tend to make employees feel frustrated most often:

·      Managers who believe they know everything:

Often, this can make employees feel undervalued; that their job doesn't have meaning; or that deviation from instructions would be detrimental, leading to dissatisfaction.

·      Perfectionist managers:

These managers make employees feel that their creative attributes are not being utilized properly.

·      Managers who cut corners or don't care about an employee's feelings: This can lead to frustration among workers.


To reduce turnover, HR should work with managers and employees on style differences. Both employees and managers should work to see issues from the other's perspective in order to create solutions and foster a respectful day-to-day relationship. Marcia Heroux Pounds "Workers seek better bosses in good job market" (Oct. 21, 2019).

So, the question for our readers is: Are bad managers causing your employees to leave?

Please take the poll. Here is the opinion of one of the McCalmon editorial staff:

Jack McCalmon, Esq.

I hope not, and we have little to no turnover, but having worked for some bad managers (and some very good ones), I agree "bad managers" can lead to turnover. The best managers I have worked for were very good communicators and were understanding of the issues new employees faced. They had an open door and expected you to make mistakes because that is how you learn. For experienced employees, the best managers provided guidance and not interference.

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