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Dislike of managers leads to almost half of workers leaving their job

schedule 10th September 2015 by Virtual College in Virtual College Last updated on 4th December 2018


Losing good employees can be one of the most detrimental factors of any business, but managers often fail to realise that they could be the problem. There aren’t many managers who would consider they might be the problem when it comes to staff retention, which is why regular training can be so important.

There’s a number of reasons why people leave their jobs including lack of advancement opportunities, lack of recognition and poor work/life balance, however poor management can impact these areas and ultimately influence an employee’s decision to leave their job.

Bad bosses

A survey carried out in 2015 revealed that nearly half of employees in the UK have left a job because of a bad boss. The research, conducted by B2B marketplace Approved Index, surveyed 1,374 employees and found that 30% believed their current boss is poor at managing, 44% said they disliked their boss more than the controversial television personality Katie Hopkins, and 42% admitted to actually leaving their job because of a bad boss.

Industry trends

The industry that ranked worst for terrible managers was recruitment, with all respondents from that profession reporting to have left a job due to a poor relationship with their manager.

Other industries that scored poorly for management included travel and tourism, with 77% of respondents leaving a job in this sector because of a bad boss, marketing and PR (63%) and accounting (61%).

Bosses working in events, fashion, entertainment, agriculture and food, architecture and security also featured in the top ten worst for management skills.

In contrast, employees working in HR considered their bosses to be the 'most trustworthy', with 94% reporting this. On the other hand, those working in the real estate sector trusted their bosses the least (50%).

Overworked and under-appreciated

Reasons for disliking managers included feeling overworked (40%) and a lack of recognition (41%).

Tribly Rajna, editor of the Approved Index, said: "The relationship between bosses and their employees is an interesting concept and it's really important to have a good working environment.

"It's something that we really pride ourselves on here so we just wanted to see how people are feeling in their jobs with their relationships with their boss."

Our People Manager’s Toolkit is a suite of 20 online leadership courses aimed at helping people achieve their full potential in carrying out a managerial role.

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