Employees Resign From Their Bosses, Not Their Jobs

I came across the article titled The ‘M’ Factor in The Hindu, which talks about common mistakes managers make in the corporate world. This makes real sense to my current work environment, and I guess it will be the same for many software professionals!

I would never quit my organization just because of the boss, because I work for the organization and not for the boss. If the boss is not good enough to work with, and if you trust top leaders of your democratic organization, try other channels in the organization to solve this. I would say that leaving a corporate because of the immediate boss is cowardice. If you quit, how sure are you to get a good boss in the next organization? Otherwise if you are capable and lucky, the best solution is to start your own firm and become your own boss!

Currently I am also affected by the ‘bad boss syndrome’, I am working on the antivenom for it in my organization; hoping to see the positive result very soon. big grin

  • 80% of the employees quit their jobs because of their boss’s attitude.
  • Boss compatibility tops the list of What I look for in my workplace.
  • About 95 percent of the employees interviewed indulge in boss bashing.
  • Somewhere down the line, managers forget that they deal with real people who have feelings. It is impossible to leave one’s emotions behind when one comes for work. The manager needs to be a compassionate human being first, and a professional manager later.
  • Managers often ignore the differences among employees and team diversity. Managers fail to understand that the differences among their subordinates need to be respected and expecting homogeneity would be a mistake.
  • Some managers find it difficult to delegate responsibilities. Now, even with them shouldering more responsibilities, they do not want to let go of the tasks they earlier did. This overburdens them and does not allow them to give their best to all their duties. It also makes the employees feel that they are not competent enough or that the boss has little confidence in their ability. A manager should train his/her subordinates and give them challenging work to boost their confidence.
  • A manager, who doesn’t learn from his mistakes, tends to commit them again and again. In fact, some managers consider themselves too perfect to commit mistakes, simply because now they have a title that deludes them into believing they are perfect.
  • Some managers think of himself, and only himself, when taking decisions. Authoritarian leadership is neither required nor appreciated in today’s corporate world. A democratic setup is more suitable.
  • Managers should remember the golden rule that they would be treated well as long as they treat their subordinates well.
  • If a manager sees the world and all the situations in it clearly demarcated as black or white, it will be difficult to be subjective. There are a lot of gray shades too. Judging everyone by one’s individual standards is surely not the best thing to do.


  1. I was going through some attrition manifestations but the phrase “Employees resign from their bosses not their jobs ” turned by head. Undoubtedly, we are more vulnerable to aversiveness of human behaviour than anything else.


    Meenal Sabharwal

  2. I am working in a big organization. and also in a big process. my team leader is a real jerk he don’t even know how to behave with people. and how to respect his sub-ordinates and how to make them comfort in the working environment. but he talks more and he always make people for himself and he will get things done.If you go with him like what ever he say you should accept you should not revert back not even a single point. if you revert back you will be cornered. The worst thing is i am cornered now and the best thing is i am searching for a solution. i don’t want to quit my job for the crap guy instead of doing that i can prove that he is wrong.

  3. I have alotof migration every month. I really do not understand how to do.
    If any body would like to consult or advise me pls contact.

    Many thanks inadvance.

    Tay Za

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