As the job market tightens, employers are being forced to work harder to keep good employees.  According to Bloomberg, job turnover has reached a 17-year high. This means companies are at greater risk of losing people, especially if they have lazy managers. 

Harvard Business Review says lazy managers do two things:  

One: they blame low performance and turnover on employees.  They neglect to look at themselves or at the organization for the real root cause.  Blaming employees frees lazy managers from the hard work of examining how their management style affects employee performance, satisfaction and turnover.

Two: they look for quick fixes to complex retention problems.   Because lazy managers believe good management is simple, when things go wrong, they draw on simple solutions.  For instance, they’ll give pay raises and bonuses, which are costly and fail to address the real underlying issues. 


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