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Fear of working for a bad manager puts 20% off accepting a job

The poll of 2000 employees also found that those who find themselves being poorly managed are more likely to take radical action and leave a job than tackle the issue with their HR department, and that one in seven (16%) – up to 492,800 people in the UK have had to take sick leave due to a bad manager. A quarter of respondents admitted that bad bosses had caused them to lose sleep and 21% said they had been upset/cried in the workplace.

Penny de Valk, Managing Director of Penna Talent Practice said, “Organisations need to realise that their management team is an integral part of their employer brand, and even if they offer staff an impressive benefits package, great work life balance, and fantastic development opportunities – if their management team isn’t up to scratch it will have a serious impact on their ability to attract and retain talent.”

Despite the research highlighting the negative consequences of bad managers, it revealed that many employees have made the best of a bad situation, with 17% saying they have learnt more from poor managers they’ve had in the past than from good ones. The findings also illustrated the transformative effect a great manager can have. More than a quarter of employees (27%) have had a good manager that has made them realise they can achieve more, and a further 25% have had a good manager who has inspired them to further their career.  More than one in five also credited a good manager with helping them to view things differently, and a further 16% said a good boss had helped them overcome confidence issues.

Penny de Valk concluded, “It’s clear that the better the reputation and capability of your managers for leading and developing their teams, the more the most talented employees will be beating a path to your door  - and they’ll stay with you too. In fact, managers should be the organisations & lsquo;shop window’, so it’s essential to invest in their development if you want to attract and retain the brightest and the best people. Organisations should view their management as an untapped source of competitive advantage in the war for talent which will become an even more challenging battle in 2015.


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