5 Bad Leader Habits That Make Your Top Employees Want to Quit

Even though employees usually take center stage when discussing bad behavior in the workplace, the irritating habits of some bosses may be enough to encourage even your best employees to quit. According to the Gallup Organization, having a bad boss is the number one reason people quit their job.

Wondering just what some leaders do that’s bad enough to push great employees to leave? Here are 5 bad leader habits that make your best employees want to look for greener pastures.

1. Yelling

While we know that anger–especially when poorly expressed, is not at all productive–yelling at those you work with can be incredibly demoralizing. When we’re emotionally heated, we may think the quickest way to get these emotions out of our system is by letting it all at once–in the form of completely losing our cool. Yet, what many leaders don’t understand is just how bad getting scolded can be for their people. You might yell at an employee just once, but that might be enough to push them away for good.

2. Gossiping

While we all know that gossip is really negative activity in which to engage, many bosses don’t have any problem gossiping about their employees behind closed doors. The more trash talk that leaders engage in, however, the more unprofessional the work environment feels–no matter how well led the rest of the operations are.

3. Taking long breaks

Many leaders think they are entitled to certain privileges that regular employees are not, due to their elevated role. However, abusing these privileges is something that can be a huge turn-off for all those who see higher-ups indulging themselves without sharing the gains of the company’s success with other members of the team.

4. Taking credit for someone else’s work

More than a few bosses have no problem taking credit for the good work their people do–once again abusing their power as a leader. If your best employees continue to provide outstanding results that you don’t give them credit for, they’ll be sure to pack up their bags and take their talents elsewhere.

5. Endorsing a double standard

Every boss leads by example. The question, however, is this: Are you being consistent and fair in the example you set? If you are often late to work–but you get on your employees’ case when they are just occasionally late–then they are going to think you’re being unfair. Requiring your people to meet a standard that you’re not personally willing to meet is not only hypocritical, but it can lead your best employees to quit.

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