75%* of staff leave voluntarily leave jobs because of their bosses. This statement came up on my Facebook feed and I decided to see what sort of response the post had received. The response was massive – thousands of likes, comments and shares. It clearly hit a nerve for many people.
Is it true?
The statistic came from a recent Gallup Poll and they are a highly professional and validated source. All the teachings on contemporary management and leadership will tell you the same thing.
In my experience, the impact of a poorly performing manager means that the people they lead will be less engaged, less productive and unhappier at work.
Is it really that one sided?
No, but managers are the ones that need to fix it.
Some staff are really difficult people. They can drive a manager crazy with the constant problems and stress they create. Unfortunately too many managers don’t deal with the problem people effectively. There‘s another astonishing statistic put out by Gallup and that is, that 80% of managers ignore or avoid dealing with performance issues.
The answer is don’t work for a boss
Good answer but a terrible reason to work for yourself.
A much better reason to spend at least the next 5 years working your ass off to build a successful business is to do it because you have something worth selling and you are up to it to. Not to run away from something unpleasant.
If your business is successful you’ll soon take on staff and there’s a strange phenomenon to watch out for. Employees who complained about the way their boss treated them often turn into terrible bosses themselves.
The real answer is making managing a skill not a promotion
At least once a week I’ll say to someone “you’ve got to like people to be a people manager”. I am not just talking about liking them as a friend, I‘m talking about liking people with all their highs and lows and being able to cut through all of that to lead them to being happy, motivated, productive staff. Managing people needs to be the thing you are best at not just an add on to your job, if you want people to stick around.
What you can do now
If you are boss and you want to keep talented people then it’s time to skill yourself on modern management and leadership. The key difference between how we used to manage and how we need to manage now, comes down to a simple change of approach.
Now, the most successful bosses ask “how can I help my people to succeed” instead of the other way around. It helps bring out the best in their staff and staff happily stick around.