People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses

People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses

We’ve all heard the horror stories that happen at work with a co-worker or a boss. The backstabbing, snitching, gossiping, preferential treatment of others, bullying, amongst some are just a sampling of the range of poor behavior some employees are subjected to.

According to a Gallup poll of more 1 million employed U.S. workers, those horror stories happen more common than we thought. The survey found the # 1 reason people left jobs is a bad boss or direct supervisor. Three quarters (75%) of the employees who voluntarily quit their jobs did so because of their bosses and not the position itself.

It’s true - most of the time, it’s not about what you do, it’s about who you work with. Most people would go above and beyond for the boss who shows them respect, understanding, and appreciation. Think about it, majority of us have a 40-hour work week at a job in which we spent most of our productive time and attention on. A job consumes a lot of our energy, thoughts, and well…life! Not all of us are willing to be subjected to rudeness and crudeness on a consistent basis. The tension, stress, and hurt feelings mount and the survey confirms that most people just leave.

So to all the companies who have a high rate of turnovers, it’s time to take a closer look at your managers. The finger must now take a 180 degree turn and point it internally.

I sometimes I take too long getting my work done ahead of time. However, I am excellent at meeting deadlines, and with my attention to detail, I know my work is correct. In time and with experience, I will be able to complete assignments ahead of schedule.

I have the tendency to get impatient when colleagues fail to deliver work on time. It is a frustrating scenario for me. I’ve acknowledged this is not the best way to deal with this situation. So I’ve devised strategies like establishing clear deadlines and giving friendly reminders ahead of deadlines to keep projects on track. So far, I’ve had a decent success rate.

I suffer a bit from the "if you want something done right, do it yourself" mentality, and have sometimes found it hard to delegate or let others help me on projects. But of course, doing everything yourself is often overwhelming and frustrating. I've learned that dividing up tasks, setting up check-in times, and working as a team can result in great outcomes (and less late nights).

I used to like to work on one project to its completion before starting on another, but I've learned to multi-task better. I think it allows me to be more creative and effective in each one.

I like to make sure that my work is perfect, so I tend to perhaps spend a little too much time checking it. However, I've come to a good balance by setting up a system to ensure everything is done the first time correctly.

Sometimes, I spend more time than necessary on a task or take on tasks personally that could easily be delegated to someone else. Although I've never missed a deadline, it is still an effort for me to know when to move on to the next task, and to be confident when assigning others work.

I've learned to make my perfectionism work to my advantage. I have become proficient at meeting deadlines, and with my attention to detail, I know my work is accurate.