There are countless surveys undertaken into factors such as employee engagement or motivation levels, a quick internet search will bring up many examples. You don’t need to do that though as we’ve been monitoring these for a period of time to spot the trends and highlight what the most respectable organisations are saying about workplace attitudes.
The statistics in the infographic come from a survey reported by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and, whilst it’s from almost two years ago, there are other surveys out there which show there has been little positive change in the intervening period. In fact, some show that it has got worse.
The original publication of that survey can be found here and you can see that 42% have left a job because of a bad manager, nearly one in two! That figure varies by industry sector with travel and tourism being the 77% we’ve included in our graphic, but 100% of those interviewed who worked in recruitment said they had left a job because of a bad manager. We feel that has a certain sense of irony to it.
A more recent survey by the CIPD shows HR managers believe around half of senior leaders do not have the right level of skills when it comes to performance management or people management. Undoubtedly there is some element of cause and effect showing here, if the leaders don’t have the skills the employees will try to find somewhere they can work where those skills are evident.
The final survey to share with you in this section is one from Investors in People which shows that, at the start of this year, 59% of employees were thinking about leaving their job during 2017, with 25% already actively looking. The survey also states that 42% of employees say poor management is one of the main reasons they are unhappy in their current role. This is the same number that the CIPD reported in their 2015 survey as to why people leave their jobs.
So what do all these statistics and surveys mean to you?
There is too much evidence out there to take the view that the leaders in your organisation are somehow exempt from all this.