6 Things Bosses Say That Make Their Employees Bolt Out the Door

by Dora Wang on Mar 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM

6 Things Bosses Said That Made Their Employees QuitWhat are the best leadership qualities? Inspiring your employees, getting a team to gel, creating a vision for the company?

How about ... not making your employees quit?

It might sound like a basic requirement, but that doesn’t mean every boss has it. Here are six examples of things that managers have said that prompted their employees to turn in their two weeks’ notice (or no notice at all).

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Not-so-great Expectations

These bosses didn’t seem to know what their employees’ roles were, because they expected things that were a bit out of alignment with reality.

Therapist Monique Prince quit when her boss at her first job out of graduate school “told me I had to go out and do sales calls in order to get clients! I was dumbfounded.” She didn’t quit right then, “because I had nothing else lined up, but I started looking for a new job that day!”

“Do you know shorthand?” is the question that made Amy Marshall, now VP of Digital Strategy at FATHOM, quit. “I was 24 years old, 6 months into a growing software company in the early 90s. The new sales VP met with me to learn about me and my skills. After I finished giving him a short synopsis of my international business degree, study abroad, speak Japanese, etc., he proceeded to ask me if I knew shorthand. I resigned the next day with no job lined up. I ended up going back to the company six months later to work for someone that did see my skills.”

And knowing what your employees do means respecting what they do. Sheila Rodriguez, Digital Marketing Manager at Lighthouse Technology Partners, “was working on social media accounts for six clients at an advertising firm in Manhattan. I quit without notice (never did that in my life), and without a job lined up, after the CEO said, ‘What do you even do all day? My 10-year-old nieces and nephews can do your job.’”

This Wasn’t in the Job Description

The managers below need to learn a little about reasonable requirements.

Jim DeLorenzo, President and CEO of Jim DeLorenzo Public Relations, was told “that I wasn’t spending enough time in the office. At the time, I was working 7 days a week, 18 hours a day, and had spent a month before that statement sleeping in the office so I wouldn’’t miss his calls or visits. His next statement was that he hoped I had a resume ready, at which point I said that I quit. That was 20 years ago next month!”

Grief Recovery Specialist Jes Gale found herself criticized for doing things too well. “For many years, I worked in very busy restaurants. My mentor and then experience taught me that it's best if you don't let them see you sweat (literally and figuratively!).  My last restaurant manager thought otherwise. He wanted to see us freaking out when things were busy, so that he knew we cared. No thanks!”

Nanette Wiser is a writer, editor, digital content producer, and social media and communications expert ... but the most important thing to one of her previous bosses was that “I needed to have Botox and other aesthetic procedures so that I could better represent them in the community.”

Take heed, and don’t push your employees out the door by repeating these bosses’ mistakes!

 

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This post was written by Dora Wang

Dora is an employee engagement researcher for TINYpulse and managing editor of TINYinstitute. Having grown up in Texas, she is now firmly settled in Seattle, where she spends her free time reading comic books, wrangling her three cats, and (of course) rooting for the Seahawks.

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