Sunday night gloom, Monday morning doom… Maybe it’s your boss…

Sunday night gloom, Monday morning doom… Maybe it’s your boss…

Sunday night gloom, Monday morning doom – what’s worse than a wet commute? Well if you’ve been getting a bad case of the Monday morning blues recently? Or are you losing sleep over your job? Your boss might be the underlying cause… Hephzi Pemberton, Founder of Equality Group discusses the realities of having a bad boss in today’s private sector: a third of us hate our jobs because we hate our BOSS…

Key research statistics – national study across 2,000 people:

  • 33% of Brits say that they dislike their job because of bad management/bad managers
  • 60% of professionals say bad bosses are a main reason why businesses fail
  • 25% of Brits state their Sunday night anxiety is solely down to a bad boss
  • 34% of BAME Brits feel that they are not positively encouraged to stay within the company they work for due to a non-inclusive culture that starts with the management team
  • 63% of Brits state a bad boss is the number one reason as to why most people quit their jobs
  • 67% of Brits say having a diverse, positive and encouraging management team is vital for career progression and professional enjoyment
  • 49% of the UK have wanted to / have quit a job because I felt unsupported by my management team
  • 49% of workers would accept a job if they laid out a career plan and had a mentoring system in place
  • 37% of Brits feel they were unjustly forced out of a previous job by my manager even though they were a loyal employee
  • 60% of Brits state over and above enjoying what they do, a good management team is what will make them stay in their current job
  • HALF of workers state that their current or previous bosses have caused them the MOST significant anxiety and/or stress

Over the course of our lifetime, the average Brit will spend around 3,507 days at work including a staggering 204 days of overtime. Given the significant amount of time we spend within the workplace and for many, around bad bosses, it is of vital importance to understand what makes employees decide to stay in their current jobs and what makes people to quit.

According to author Alison Green, what constitutes a bad manager is the boss who isn’t clear about what they want, who doesn’t address workplace issues, who micromanages and who flaunts their power over their employees. Furthermore, according to Hephzi Pemberton, being a good manager is a skill that requires training – everyone could be a manager, but that doesn’t mean everyone has the natural ability or
demeanour to lead a team from strength to strength. This research by Equality Group highlights the impact that bad bosses can have on employee mental health, enjoyment and retention whilst also noting that when businesses get the management layer right, 60% of brits will stay loyal to the company.

Hephzi Pemberton, Founder of Equality Group comments:
‘Bad bosses can be fundamentally damaging to a business as the quality of a manager has a direct impact on the company’s bottom line, in addition to its ability to recruit and develop good employees and aid them in producing the best results. We live in a hugely interconnected society where potential candidates can go online and assess the culture of a company before applying for a role and because of this, businesses can no longer sweep a toxic culture or bad management under the rug. It is undeniable that a bad manager has the power to drive away good talent and harm a business with 60% of Brits stating that a bad boss is a fundamental reason as to why businesses, particularly SMEs fail.’

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