Bad Boss? Not Me!|
by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan Evans
The statistics are alarming - a talent shortage looming, unhappy and disloyal employees, costly turnover, decreasing productivity - all of which have a huge impact on an organization's bottom line. What's worse is that nine out of ten managers still believe that the key to engaging and retaining talent is the money. The truth is that the manager holds the key … people leave bad bosses, not organizations. Today's workers will NOT stay and work for a jerk. Or if they stay, they'll withhold their discretionary effort, bringing only half of their heads and hearts to the job.
Who Me? We are all jerks sometimes. After all, we're overworked and overstressed along with everyone else. With competition for good people increasing, it's important to define and assess your own "bad boss" behaviors - isn't it time to change?
Read the statements below in the context of work and, in particular, your interactions with your people. Then for each statement, rate yourself on a scale of 0 to 5, with zero meaning you never act this way and five meaning you often act this way. Be honest - brutally honest … "if the truth be known, I ..."
Add up your scores - where do you stand?
Kaye and Jordan-Evans have surveyed thousands of workers worldwide asking "What 'jerk-like' behaviors would make you walk right out the door?" The results are in - they would walk if their boss:
Beverly Kaye is CEO and Founder of Career Systems International, one of the nation's leading talent management solution providers. Her ground breaking career development, talent retention, workplace satisfaction and mentoring programs have been implemented by top organizations worldwide.
Sharon Jordan-Evans is president of the Jordan Evans Group, an executive coaching, leadership development firm. She was a senior vice president for the Change Management Practice at Drake Beam Morin, one of the country's largest transition firms.
Both authors are sought-after keynote presenters on the topics of workplace satisfaction, retention and engagement.
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