Sometimes people do leave great bosses – here are some reasons why

We’ve heard this saying before – ‘people don’t leave a job, they leave their boss’. Now sometimes this is true – more than anyone else, leadership at the local level can have the greatest impact on how a person feels about their job. But … as a study at Facebook found, people still leave great bosses and organisations. This HBR post by by Lori Goler, Janelle Gale, Brynn Harrington, Adam Grant shows that the decision for many to leave their jobs was because of the work. “They left when their job wasn’t enjoyable, their strengths weren’t being used, and they weren’t growing in their careers.”

People are starting to talk about the great ‘resignation’ as we progress into the next stage of the pandemic. Do a quick audit – how well is the work designed for the people in your team? How do you make sure the job is designed to entice them to stay?

  • And do you talk about these sort of things in your One-on-ones?

Link to source – Why People Really Quit Their Jobs, HBR Jan 2018 – by Lori Goler, Janelle Gale, Brynn Harrington, Adam Grant