More than half of employees quit due to a terrible boss

For many, the most challenging aspect of leadership is securing the delicate balance between warmth and authority. Pushovers inspire mutiny and tyrants deserve it. It’s a difficult job, juggling company, and subordinate interests but proper execution essentially decides whether a corporation lives or dies, and just how dramatically.  As National Boss Day approaches Ladders examines the consequences of poor management with the help of the global staffing firm, Robert Half. 

Founded back in 1948,  the company currently has over 300 staffing locations, focusing years of experience toward job search services.

Executive decision

After surveying more than 2,800 workers in the US, Robert Half adapted their finds into an eye-opening new report, complete with a detailed infographic. The independent research firm employed by the company to conduct the study collected responses from workers 18 years of age and older and employed in office environments in 28 major U.S. cities.

“We’ve all heard horror stories about difficult managers — or experienced one firsthand,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. “Work styles and how well a person gets along with their supervisor can determine whether someone decides to join or remain at a company.”

According to the report, nearly half of respondents have decided to leave a position because of their bosses’ poor leadership skills. This factor was especially occasioned amongst Millennials. Fifty-four percent of employees between the age of 18 and 34 quit their job due to a challenging manager compared to just 41% of workers over the age of 55.

Strangely, this statistic also varied based on location. The study determined Sacramento (66%), Miami and Tampa (58%), to house the worst bosses in the country, given residents based in them reported horrible supervisors with the most frequency.

Conversely, Minneapolis (36%), Atlanta (39%), Boston and Philadelphia (40% each) evidenced the fewest instances of employees surveyed who have quit over their horrible bosses.

A recent ResumeLab report highlighted several areas employees believe their managers to be lacking in. On balance, workers feel they have better people skills than their bosses, know the rough and tumble of daily tasks better, are more educated and possess a better work ethic.

“Many times open communication and training can help to resolve issues and strengthen the professional relationship between bosses and their direct reports. Employers should also commit to regularly gathering feedback on managers and developing the skills of new or potential leaders,” Mcdonald informed Ladders.