According to a Yahoo! press release, the majority of respondents (55%) agreed that “people don’t leave companies, they leave managers.” Forty-three percent of respondents cited dislike of their boss’s management style or lack of mentorship at their company as the reason they would be willing to change jobs.
Salary (36%) and growth potential (34%) were also major considerations for respondents in deciding to look for a new career, the release said.
When asked which aspect of their job was most important for determining their happiness at work, 32% of respondents chose having a good boss or supervisor. In identifying their ideal manager, 70% of respondents said they prefer a hands-off boss who trusts them to do their job but is there when needed.
Almost half of respondents (43%) said they think they could do as good or a better job than their boss if they switched positions for a day.
The qualities respondents cited as being necessary to be a good boss (in order of importance) included:
- Communication/listening skills,
- Effective leadership skills,
- Trust in their employees to do their job well,
- Flexibility and understanding,
- Teamwork skills and even temperament (tie),
- Interest in employee development,
- Ability to share credit,
- Successful in finding and retaining new talent, and
- Presentation skills.
Data for the survey was collected from more than 1200 office professionals in the U.S. via an online survey questionnaire across the Yahoo! and HotJobs networks.