HR Strange But True!
July 01, 2005

The authors of a book on employee retention have been conducting an online survey that asks workers to finish the sentence, "I'd leave a boss who..."

Based on 2,000 responses so far, they report, the top responses are:

-- Belittles people in front of others (identified by 40.5% of the respondents)

-- Lies (34.2%)

-- Condescends or demeans (31.5%)

-- Humiliates and embarrasses others (23.9%)

-- Micromanages (21.9%)

Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans, authors of "Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting and Retaining Talent," say the most frequently cited reason for quitting a job is a bad boss. With "a serious labor shortage looming over the next few years," they say, "no organization can afford to have bad bosses if it wants to keep its best people."


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