According to a study by the Best Practice Institute (BPI) and Career Systems International (CSI), nearly 60% of today’s employees dislike or are neutral about their workplace.* That’s a startling statistic when you consider that employees who love their workplace are four times more likely to perform at higher levels than those who are not.
Fortunately, one of the biggest dissatisfiers for employees is well within your control as a manager. It’s you.
Research consistently shows the relationship an employee has with his/her immediate manager matters and it matters a lot. Wohhoo Inc found that bad bosses are making people particularly unhappy at work. And in their book, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay, Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans write about 35 “jerkitudinal” characteristics and if you are using them, you are squarely landing in the “bad boss” zone.
Not sure the list applies to you? Take this quick survey to identify what “jerk-like” behaviors might make you walk and what you might be guilty of doing as well. And then once you know, do. Decide to change. Changing jerk-like behaviors may be the most important action you can take to create a most loved workplace.