The Gallup Survey indicates that a massive 50% of leavers cite ‘getting away from their Manager’ as a reason for leaving their job. The same survey shows that 92% of people who strongly disagreed with the statement ‘I feel I can approach my Manager with any type of question’ were not engaged or were actively disengaged. Conversely, more than half of engaged employees did feel like they could approach their Managers.
This correlation between employee engagement and the Manager relationship is striking and is a clear steer for organisations to take the issue of how well their Managers perform very seriously.
The consequences of not doing so are considerable and the losses far outweigh the direct costs associated with repeated recruitment campaigns. When employees are not engaged as a result of their relationships with their Managers, they tend to withhold their discretionary effort and lower their contribution. This stifles communication, weakens problem solving, zaps creativity and ultimately has a disastrous impact on performance and productivity.
So what can organisations do to fix this?
It is probably impossible for prospective employees to really ascertain, before they sign on the dotted line, what their relationship will be like with their Manager. This puts the onus for change directly with the organisation. So, organisations that want to retain their talent need to improve their engagement levels and take steps to ensure that their Managers can relate to any new employee, in the most engaging and effective way, over a prolonged period; not just in the honeymoon phase.
There are some simple things that Managers can do to start transforming their relationships with others: more regular communication, giving more recognition and becoming more visible and accessible.
But to garner real engagement, Managers will benefit from adopting a leadership style that helps to create conditions conducive for high levels of empowerment, accountability and ownership.
Behavioural change experts Notion work with organisations to take their Leaders and Managers on a transformational journey that helps them to adopt an ‘Operational Coaching’ style of leadership. Using a range of delivery and learning technologies, Notion introduces Leaders and Managers to STAR® - their ‘Operational Coaching’ model. STAR® enables Leaders and Managers to make very immediate changes to the way they interact with people in everyday situations that can have a dramatic impact on relationships, morale and on the commercial results of the business. Here are some past delegates talking about how STAR® has revolutionised their relationships with others.