Bad management is a leading cause of early employee departures that cost the organization time and money, suggesting that it is worthwhile to examine how bad management can drive employees away. Managers who overload employees with work or micromanage them can cause employees to burn out from stress. Likewise, managers who don’t appreciate their employees, take credit for their work, choose favorites, play office politics too prolifically or engage in inappropriate behavior such as sexual harassment, grudges or fraternization may also drive employees to seek an early exit.
- One of the most common reasons why employees depart their jobs ahead of the 4-5 year “average” tenure is to get away from bad managers, with many employees leaving as early as six months.
- Managers whooverwork employees, micromanage them too aggressively or take a negative attitude towards workers may stress and burn out their workers.
- Managers who become too personal by either holding grudges or giving preferential treatment to favorites may both help drive employees away.
“Poor-quality leadership can result in frustration, confusion, and lack of direction for employees. This creates a negative workplace experience for employees, who seek to rectify the problem by moving to companies where the leadership is stronger.”