Asset Management

Avoid Hiring Bad Managers

By Mary Shacklett

Bad management can’t be dismissed as merely an unpleasant experience that is a simple fact of life. Ineffective managers can drive productivity down and turnover up. As the leader of your IT department, you must ensure that the right people get hired or promoted.

Mary Shacklett writes, “Several years ago, the catchphrase ‘people don’t leave companies, they leave bosses,’ began to circulate.

“There is merit to it if we look at survey results.

“In a 2015 Gallup poll of 7,272 adults, 50% of respondents said that they left their companies because of their bosses. Aware of this, human resource departments conduct exit interviews when employees leave, and many HR units keep a tally of employee resignations by manager so they can see where the potential management trouble spots are in their organizations.

“Unfortunately, many companies don’t do much about it.

“Sometimes the managers quit on by the most employees have endeared themselves to the organization as high level technical performers who have been promoted, but who lack people and management skills. Other times, especially in small companies, the culprits are the founder-owners of the business themselves, and there’s not much you can do. In still other cases, companies (and their HR departments) lack the time and resources to tackle attrition and problems with managers.”

Read the full article for steps you can take toward solving the problem.