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Bad bosses: 4 qualities that make people quit

10th July 2018

Glassdoor recently released its list of the 100 best CEOs for 2018, as rated independently by employees in the UK & USA. Factors that contribute to a CEOs positive rating include high company profit, their management style and a good company culture.



In the UK, Richard Flint of Sky Betting & Gaming came out top as the no.1 CEO in the UK for 2018. Amongst the reasons Sky employees favour their CEO include a laid-back company culture, support for staff from all walks of life and a caring attitude towards the development of staff.

Surprisingly wages aren’t mentioned – instead employees are focused on senior staff genuinely caring about them and a comfortable work environment. One worker wrote “everyone talks to you as though you're on the same level as them from the CEO right down to customer service operators which for a company this size is unusual to see.”

Unfortunately, as pointed out, this isn’t always the case. As many companies strive to improve diversity and company culture, there are still bosses out there that drive their employees to quit. If you’ve ever had a bad boss some of these qualities might seem all too familiar:

1. Bosses who micro-manage

Managers who insist on reading emails before you send them. Managers who don’t let you try innovative ideas. Managers who control your workload to a tee. Bosses who micro-manage like this don’t trust their employees. It’s demotivating and leads to poor performance and an unhappy team.

If you were hired your boss should trust you to do your job well. A good manager will oversee their employees work and encourage them to grow their role within the business, rather than sitting over their shoulder 24/7.

2. Bosses who don't stand up for their team

Inside or outside of work, if you feel like the people around you don’t have your back your likely to lack in confidence. If a boss doesn’t stand up for their team trust is compromised, and employees won’t feel comfortable pitching new ideas or taking ownership of projects.

On the other hand, if you have a good relationship with your manager and are confident they have your best interests at heart you’ll want to work harder and you’ll happily approach them with new ideas.

3. Demanding bosses

If an average work day for you consists mainly of doing work for your manager that they should be doing themselves, you’re probably unhappy at work. Of course, it’s natural for managers to ask their employees to do things for them but there is a line.

A skilled manager will respect their employees, won’t ask you to work late every day and won’t take credit for work you’ve done. Look for a boss who has sincere empathy and appreciates the work you do rather than a demanding boss with no respect.

4. Bosses with an ego - don't listen to feedback or ideas

We all know the type, the boss who has quickly forgotten they were ever anything but a senior member of staff. They feel superior, talk down to their employees and rarely listen to anyone else’s opinion. A leader will only go so far without the help of others, so if you have a boss like this take some pleasure in the fact that their career progression will be limited. To quote our own CEO, “You achieve very little alone, so one of the most important jobs a leader has to do is to select their team and then commit to each individuals success.”

If you’re working somewhere where you feel undervalued it’s time to address the issue or make a move. Every company should support staff and care about workers development and wellbeing.

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Niamh Keenan

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Content creator and online editor for Cpl with over 5 years experience writing for digital and creating original content for brands.

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