Bad Managers & Why Employees Quit

Why Employees Quit

Why people leave great positions varies, of course, but the most agreed upon answer has Managers in the limelight.

After researching thousands of employee anecdotes, the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner, disclosed why the majority of people quit: they didn’t like their Managers. He added that most employees who don’t like their boss also don’t have the support of their coworkers. Therefore, a lack of good leadership and belonging generates the desire to leave for a better environment.

Most employees have had a boss they didn’t agree with. If we spend eight-plus hours per day at our job, and we dislike the person who has the final say in our professional life (which is the majority of our time), it can make life miserable. Whether it be a new Manager or a transformed one, having a lack of respect and staying in negative environments affects our lives. Maybe you can reflect on a bad boss you’ve had and identify what qualities they had that you disliked?

As a Manager, sometimes difficult decisions are made that some employees won’t see eye to eye with. But by handling a difficult situation correctly, you can avoid disengagement and isolation of employees.

Qualities of Managers that Lead to Employee Isolation:

Micromanagement– Did you hire someone that proved competent and has previously flourished in a similar position? Trusting your employees is the first step to respecting them. If you respect their abilities, respect them enough to do their work. If you don’t trust your employees to do the job given to them, then that will definitely be reflected by their low morale. 


Negative Communication– Is the tone you use towards your employees degrading? No adult appreciates being spoken down to. This is a common element people in positions of power can work on. Sarcasm and joking at an employees expense contribute to employee isolation.


Discouragement– Instead of focusing on a deadline, which can often create anxiety and a daunting environment, focus on an optimistic approach. Ask your employees how their day is going, or questions about their family. Sometimes the basics are genuine places to begin before delving into work. You’ll be amazed at how much employees appreciate their manager asking them what he or she can do that would help them do their job better. It might sound like a waste of time some days, but so is filling vacancies.

Overall, if you can maintain a respectful and inclusive environment, something thousands of employees on LinkedIn claimed they did not receive, then you are most likely ahead of your competition.

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