Extremely low unemployment and the highest turnover rate in 17 years are forcing employers to dig deep to hold onto good performers.  Mounting evidence shows that people who aren’t engaged or who dislike their managers are the most likely to head for the door.  

If you think your company is bleeding people as a result of lazy managers, Harvard Business Review suggests being more thoughtful and persistent about understanding why employees leave.  If they’re disengaged, instead of assuming something is wrong with them, consider the possibility that management is the problem.  

Try quick “pulse surveys” to keep tabs on how employees feel about their own jobs and how well they think management is doing.  Tools like 360 Assessments– which I do for many of my clients — can also provide valuable intel on how a manager’s behavior and style are affecting the morale, productivity and satisfaction of the people around them.


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