The #1 reason people leave their jobs, and what you can do about it

Why do people leave their jobs?

Are they unsatisfied with their work? Do they feel too challenged or not challenged enough? Are they looking for a change of career? Do they want more autonomy?

There are many diverse and complex reasons, however none of the motives mentioned above are the primary reason why people resign or quit…

According to a Gallup poll of 1 million employees in the US, the #1 reason people leave their jobs is a bad boss or immediate supervisor.

Take a moment to think about that…

Further, in an another Gallup study with over 7000 adults, it was found that 50% of employees resigned from their workplace in order to “get away from their manager…”

You’ve heard it time and time again, but its true: people don’t leave companies – they leave managers.

That’s why Gallup CEO Jim Clifton strongly maintains that the best decision you make for your business is “who you name manager”, as the wrong appointment will negatively impact your employee engagement and turnover.

However, there is good news.

You have an element of control over your management, and that’s the first place to start. You can develop the leadership skills of your current team, or look into hiring new management or diversifying roles.

Next, think about what you and your management team are doing in terms of communicating, leading and engaging with your employees.

We’ve complied a list of a few ways you can become more conscious of your management style and structures you have in place that impact the people in your team.

  • Encourage productivity and commitment, but be mindful of overworking staff. If you need to see an increase in workload, make sure you balance it out by also increasing attention, recognition and even financial rewards.

  • Remember to acknowledge achievements, no matter how small. While many ‘successes’ may seem intrinsic to your employee’s job description, a job well done should be communicated, and it is imperative to ensure your team feels valued.