Over half of Kiwis leave their jobs because of a bad boss

  • 15/11/2017
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An online survey has found that over half of Kiwis have left jobs due to problems working with their manager. 

Recruitment company Hays surveyed 856 skilled workers and found 32 percent cited problems with a direct manager as the biggest motivator for leaving a job.

A further 19 percent said it was one of many reasons that led to them leaving, while 49 percent said it was not a factor.

"An employee's manager is the 'voice' of the organisation that they hear from the most," said Jason Walker, Managing Director of Hays in New Zealand

"It's up to managers to motivate and engage their team to achieve its strategic goals and this is a lot harder if they're driving their staff away."

He says there are several reasons employees have difficulties with managers including:

  • Unavailability
  • Withholding information
  • Micromanagement
  • Failure to notice poor performance 
  • Taking all the credit 
  • Negativity