Here’s a stat that can’t be good for productivity: Almost half the employees responding to a recent survey said they thought their manager was looking for a new job.
Can’t say we’re exactly shocked. After all, we’ve been inundated with reports of how the rank-and-file — burned out after carrying the extra workload that accompanied staff cuts during the recession — was ready to jump ship at the earliest opportunity.
Why would managers feel any differently?
Right Management recently asked a group of about 800 employees, “Do you think your boss is looking for a new job?”
- Yes, definitely — 27%
- Yes, probably — 21%
- No — 40%, and
- Don’t know — 12%.
Losing lower-level employees in big numbers could be a real headache. But losing managers — along with their accumulated expertise and corporate memory — could be a disaster.
Even if managers are just in “a leavin’ frame of mind,” as the country song goes, it’s likely overall performance is eroding, said Right spokesperson Monika Morrow: “It hardly needs saying that if employees think their boss might jump ship it’s going to be twice as hard to get them engaged in their work.”
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