Written by Guest Author | September 23, 2015
It matters little that you have a great recruitment agency to work with, if all of your day-to-day habits as a boss send your new recruits straight back out the door. We aren’t talking about situations where new hires just “don’t work out” – we’re referring to how people can be actively turned away from you as a result of your managerial style.
There’s a certain saying among recruitment agencies, that employees don’t quit companies – they quit bosses. Here are five tendencies that might be making you the boss everyone loves to quit.
1. You’re an obsessive micromanager
It’s only natural that as an executive or manager, you may be perfectionistic – a tendency that can get a lot done. But when that trait is combined with a distrust of your workers, disaster can ensue. Remember that you hired your workers in the first place because you saw they were good at what they did, so allow them to continue being good at what they do, rather than trying to control everything they do.
2. You burden your staff with too many duties
Do you have a brilliant copywriter who you have also been giving all of the business admin responsibilities to since the departure of the last guy who was responsible for them? Or maybe you’re asking your accountant to also do all of the company’s HR, despite them having little skill or experience in the latter? So many workers are soon handing in their notice when treated like this.
3. You waste your workers’ time
Think back to your last team meeting. Was there a real team spirit there, with everyone present enthused and eager to contribute to a purposeful, collaborative discussion? Or did you turn up and basically just start lecturing to your staff for an hour about ‘this’ thing or ‘that’ thing? If the latter, don’t be surprised if you get a lot of exasperated quitters.
4. You don’t support your personnel
If something goes wrong, do you constantly pick out the same scapegoats and humiliate them in front of the whole office? Alternatively, you might never be in the office at all, or take too long to answer your workers’ emails about vital assignments. A seemingly non-existent support system does little to make any employee feel valued.
5. You misunderstand the dynamics of your team
Some managers seem hell-bent on causing fireworks between team members that don’t even need to be there. If you are one of those bosses that keeps putting people together who don’t get along well or who take drastically different approaches to a task, you might want to reconsider how you can make the most of your team’s strengths.
By eliminating just some of these behaviours or traits, you can make a massive difference to your employee retention levels even before anything else is considered – meaning that you aren’t scurrying so often back to a recruitment agency to replace another exiting staffer.