Friday, March 28, 2008

People don't leave companies; they leave bosses!

Do you know an employee that was promoted to a manager just because he or she was good at a staff job? Do you know a former accountant that is now managing an accounting department? A salesperson that is now a sales manager? An HR associate that is now an HR manager?

There is a misconception that managers get promoted because they know how to lead, empower, and motivate people. The reality, however, is that very few managers have these skills.

In the most recent annual Yahoo! HotJobs job satisfaction survey, 43% of workers said dislike of their boss’s management style was the main reason they planned to look for a new job in 2008. Having a manager who can lead, empower, and motivate employees is a crucial element in job retention.

Most bosses really do want to improve; they just don’t know how to be true leaders. Does your company have high turnover or discontent employees? You may want to consider training your managers to empower their employees to succeed.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman

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