Management Can Drive Away Good Employees

January 20, 2009 ( - More than one-third (35%) of executives interviewed said good employees are most likely to quit their jobs because of unhappiness with management.

This is up from 23% when the question was asked five years ago, according to a press release on the survey by Robert Half International. The second most common reason good employees leave, based on interviews with 150 senior executives from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies, was limited opportunities for advancement (33%).

Lack of recognition and inadequate salary and benefits were each cited by 13% of respondents.

Interestingly, a second recent survey from Robert Half shows today’s employers are most worried about hanging on to good employees and bringing in new ones, even in the current economy. When asked about their greatest staffing concern, nearly four out of 10 (39%) senior executives interviewed cited employee retention, while 22% said recruitment, a press release said.

“Professionals seek strong leadership, particularly during times of uncertainty, and they also want managers they can learn from and who take an interest in their careers,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, in the press release. “In today’s business environment, where many companies have reduced staff levels, managers need to be extra attentive to the needs of their teams, or they risk losing their most valuable employees.”