You’ve heard the saying: “People leave managers, not companies."
Bad bosses can be a major contributor to employee turnover. BambooHR, a human resources software company, polled more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees in March 2017. The survey found 44% of employees said a boss has been the primary reason they have a left a job.
How can you be a great boss? Follow the 10 commandments of magnetic managers, as outlined by Mel Kleiman, president of Humetrics, a human resource consulting firm.
I. Thou shalt only allow A-Players on your team. The number one reason A-Players quit is because they don’t want to play with or cover for C-Players.
II. Thou shalt manage and communicate with your people the way they prefer. Does an employee like to work independently or on a team? Does an employee need face-to-face communications or will an email do? Find out what makes them tick so they can perform at their best.
III. Thou shalt not fail to be generous with recognition. Frequently recognize employees for their efforts, accomplishments and achievements. This meets their need for feeling valued and rewarded and does wonders for employee retention.
IV. Thou shalt communicate clearly. If you don't tell them what's going on, they'll make something up. Be transparent and communicate frequently.
V. Though shalt insist on accountability. Great managers hold themselves, as well as their employees, accountable to meet goals and exceed expectations.
VI. Thou shalt fail fast, learn fast and fix fast. Learn from failure and celebrate success. As we say, “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” Failure is not the opposite of success; it is on the road to it. Fail fast, then improve, and you will ultimately succeed.
VII. Thou shalt never settle for mediocrity. Set expectations and challenge employees to reach their highest potential.
VIII. Thou shalt teach your people how to manage you. Do you have an open-door policy or prefer scheduled meetings? Let your people know so you work at your optimal level too.
IX. Thou shalt be a mentor. Schedule frequent one-to-one meetings with employees to ensure you provide the necessary guidance and resources they need to be successful.
X. Thou shalt remember to make work fun. No one leaves the party when they’re having fun.
Learn more about Kleinman and Humetrics.
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