Corporate life is said to be a labyrinth, loaded with lots of systems and processes, most of which are never understood by anyone. On the flip side, it is as amazing as any of the entertainment channel, with lots of gossips and food for thought. Then why the corporate are witnessing an ever increasing attrition rate? Companies like Walt Disney and Google even after providing every single amenity required for an employee, like better work environment and amazing salary packages, are having attrition rate. Of the many factors that came out as a result of a survey, one of the major reasons why an employee quit a job is the senior authority. Some bosses are demanding, while others are too intense, some are motivators and real team players, while others are strategic thinkers etc..etc..
Major reason behind a surprising survey result is that bosses play a vital role in the job span of an employee. As per the research, 34% of employees point their managers as one of the reason of their resignation. Of this 31%, 13% said that their supervisors lacked in respect/ support, 9% said that their boss lacked in leadership skills, 4% said that supervisor had poor employee relation, 4% said that their supervisor displayed favoritism and 4% said that they were not recognized for their contributions.
A boss has an invisible impact on the life of each and every employee working in his organization.
There are various things bosses do, that ruin the organization and make people quit:
- No challenging responsibility:Most employees dream of moving up and doing something more meaningful and challenging. Managers who never provide their team members with opportunities to take on complex assignments or learn new skills are sure to build resentment and prevent team members from reaching their potential.
- Believing authority flows from a title:Employees may give new managers the benefit of doubt, but any real authority a leader has over his subordinates evaporates quickly unless he earns his team members’ respect. Managers who bark orders and expect blind obedience are sure to drive away their best employees.
- Not providing feedback: Adequate material compensation is critical to employee satisfaction, but so is giving employees a sense of professional accomplishment and growth. Effective managers achieve this by providing ongoing feedback and expressing their gratitude for quality work. Ineffective managers leave their employees steeped in frustration, confusion and doubt.
- Avoiding dirty work:Employees have a phrase for bosses who consistently foist undesirable work on subordinates. It’s called power-tripping. The most respected managers are willing to chip in and occasionally help out with the most dreaded tasks.
- Being unapproachable:Perhaps managers are intimidating, aloof, too quick to criticize or unable to hold confidence. Whatever the cause, those who are unapproachable typically lack a clear understanding of their employees’ strengths and weaknesses, share little about themselves and don’t know how their team members feel about important issues.
- Misuse their power: Boss uses power and authority to dominate staff, ostensibly to get the job done. They also use covert tactics to meet his or her objectives, demonstrated in how he handles information, motivates others and ensures compliance. When bosses abuse their power they bring down morale, create turnover, incur grievances and cost the company money in lost productivity.
- Monetary valuation of employee’s sentiments: A manager thinks that an employee gets motivated only by perks and compensation as appreciation. Due to which they don’t give proper feedback to them and for good work and to motivate them, they, rather than providing them their time try to motivate them by offering perks and incentives.
- Micro Management: Manager breathes down his employees’ neck by paying extreme attention to small details. It gives an impression that the employees are not capable enough to perform the tasks, as such, he tends to make his own decisions without allowing them to take. He does not seem to place confidence in his employees or in their good qualities. When the qualities, like, fairness, truth, honor or ability are not recognized, employees begin to lose their passion and hopes for the future. And this loss of hope is exacerbated by the state in which they are micromanaged constantly.
- Overly critical nature: While praise doesn’t necessarily boost performance, it is an important antidote to counteract the negative effects of criticism. And that negative effect is substantial.Research shows, for example, that having a boss who berates them is one of the reasons 66 percent of employees say their work performance declined and 78 percent report that their commitment to the company declined.
- Emotional instability/ Flipping nature: Flipping nature of boss causes lot of problems. Their emotional instability causes problems and due to this, an employee is never able to understand them, at one point they are happy and at the other point they are shouting like hell on employees and blaming them for everything happening over there. Their flipping nature makes sure that the employee is as sad as they are.
So next time, you decide to leave a company just because of your nasty boss, think twice, talk to your boss, share with him your issues, there is lot that gets solved with proper communication. Try your best if you really want to work, but still if the things does not work out, there are better companies and of course better people.