Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Quitting your Job? – Is the major reason A Bad Boss?

In Exit interviews people may give the reason as Pay but dig deep down and you will find more reasons.

One of the Major Reason could be BAD BOSS. In most cases if you want to find out why employees are dissatisfied with their jobs, all you have to do is look at their supervisor.

For almost all companies Employee retention is a major concern and keeping an eye on employee turnover is important no matter what the companies performance is.

Some Bosses don’t give any direction nor feedback during the project or a campaign but eventually give a bad performance review. Some are dictatorial personalities and they do not listen to any suggestions. Some are excellent in their field but do not have the communication skills to lead a department.
Bad bosses cause stress, lower productivity, and make the workplace an all around misery.

Here are some tips to handle these bad bosses and possibly improve your relationship with them rather than quitting your Job.

1. Ask for clear instruction.
 Have a discussion with the boss to figure out what they expect from you when working on a project.
2. Ask for feedback. 
Speak to your bad boss regularly about your performance so that there are no surprises.
Of course, this is not always easy, So, the most proactive thing employees can do is just be very clear about what they’re expected to do
3. Give your bad boss feedback. 
If your bad boss does something that makes your job difficult, try your best to have a conversation about it.
4. Be direct when you discuss your concerns. 
 “Look for nonconfrontational ways to get your point across,”  make the conversation about business goals, rather than making it a personal issue between you and your bad boss.
5. Make yourself indispensable. 
If bad bosses know that you are there to make life easier for them, it may go a long way toward improving the relationship.
6. Document everything. 
Just as good managers will keep a diary of their employees’ performance throughout the year so that they can reference it later, good employees with bad bosses should do the same.
7. Don’t suffer in silence. If you need extra support, don’t hesitate to speak to human resources, or—if your company culture supports it—the manager at the next level (a process that is known as a skip level meeting). But proceed with caution, because you could be entering into a political minefield if you decide to handle the problem this way.
“If you are going above your manager’s head, you’d better have a really good reason,” said Macias. “The higher you go, the more politically challenging it can get. The risks go up the higher up you go.”
8. Be proactive. You may not get the results you want when trying to deal with your bad boss problem, but doing nothing will guarantee that nothing will change.
“So if you have a boss that you would label as a bad boss and you want to stay in that organization, do something positive about it.”

Ref: Kenya McCullum - Workplace Communication Examiner , SHRM ,

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