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Jan 19, 2018

Bad Managers Are Driving Away Talented Staff

New research by YouGov on behalf of MHR found that 80% of employees have experienced what they consider a poor manager at least once during their career...

73% of employees who have experienced poor management or a poor manager have considered leaving a job and, among these, a staggering 55% actually left their job because of bad management.

When asked whether managers are equipped to deal with the human or emotional side of management, 58% of respondents said that they are not. Bad managers were described as often inexperienced, out of their depth, lacking the necessary people skills, expressing favouritism, failing to offer recognition and feedback and failing to communicate effectively.

Perhaps the most shocking comments were around the subject of mental health, with several respondents citing a complete disregard or lack of awareness of issues surrounding mental health in the workplace. As well as failing to support employees suffering from anxiety or depression, several respondents claimed that their manager was directly responsible for causing the decline in their mental health.

Poor management practices can have a significantly damaging impact on employee morale, engagement, productivity and job satisfaction.

Graham Brown, Managing Director of Forces Recruitment Services, believes that management experience from a military career can have a hugely positive impact in civilian workplaces. He said: "Almost from day one in uniform, Forces personnel are presented with leadership challenges and opportunities. Throughout the course of a military career they develop an exceptional ability to delegate, motivate and communicate.

"When it comes to applying these skills in a civilian employment setting, colleagues and superiors typically find themselves enormously impressed by the management, team-building and organisational abilities of ex-Service men and women."

Learn how Forces Recruitment Services can help you harness the benefits of employing ex-military personnel, here.


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