A recently released survey by employment service, Goodhire, has revealed that a staggering 82 percent of workers will consider quitting their jobs due to a single bad manager. The report also revealed interesting insights on a potentially dangerous trust gap between employers and employees. GoodHire’s data showed that healthcare workers (88 percent) were most likely to quit their jobs because of management, followed by finance and insurance workers (86 percent), and then education workers (84 percent).

According to the survey, most employees admitted that their managers only really does something particularly annoying about once per week. However, while they noted that this does not bother them too much, the survey does mention that the little trivial annoyances does eventually add up, especially the same issue happens time and time again.

One of the most annoying traits that was quoted in the report is that of managers who completely disregard employees’ personal time. Only about 46 percent of American workers stated that their personal time is respected by management.

Redundant Managers?

Another interesting piece of data from the survey states that up to 84 percent of employees said that they were more or less able or willing to do their managers job. Furthermore, 89 percent of surveyed healthcare workers said that they believe they are more qualified to carry out their manager’s job. These numbers are incredibly high and shows a certain lack of respect for management, due to pent up frustrations or a lack of trust, or even both.

In addition, a large majority of 83 percent also said they believe they can do their work without a manager, with finance and insurance workers (89 percent) appearing the most confident to operate without the supervision and oversight of a manager.

Trust is another area where managers seem to fall flat with employees. According to the survey, in sectors such as hospitality, healthcare, marketing & sales, real estate, and legal, less than one-third of those surveyed trust that their managers actually care about their career progression.

With the onset of Covid-19, the employer-employee relationship has changed drastically. With the ‘Great Resignation’ underway, employees have far more leverage over their managers than they are used to, and many are exercising this newfound power. Employees who are wholly dissatisfied with managers are leaving, and management itself needs to show greater empathy and improve transparency if they expect to retain their talent.


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