You’ve probably heard it said that employees leave managers, not companies. As with any other saying in life, it can be true in certain situations. In others, it’s the furthest thing from the truth.
Am I a good manager?
Throughout my managerial career (I prefer career as a “leader” instead of “manager” though), I’ve had some incredible employees. Eventually, many of those great employees have left for other opportunities.
Naturally, I ask myself, “Is he leaving because of me or because of the company?”
“Is she leaving because of something I did or something I couldn’t provide?”
Thankfully, in the cases where my best employees have decided to move on, they were not because of my inability as a manager or leader. I know because each of those former employees has expressed interest in working with me in the future if I ever change jobs.
They left because of the season of life in which they were living.
As stated many times in previous articles, public accounting is a grueling but rewarding career. The 40-hour workweek does not exist in a large public accounting firm. Some accountants travel a lot; others don’t. Regardless, there are high demands for our time.
My former employees left the firm not because of me but because they wanted more time at home with their families. Even with the flexibility of hours they were given, it was hard to be home enough.
That being said, some employees leave managers. If you have a terrible manager, and you do not see a change in the future, it makes sense to find another job. I would if I had a terrible manager. No one can blame you for that.
Don’t leave because of one person
I’ve always told myself I would not leave the career I love because of one person. I’ve held true to that. There have been people throughout my career who I wish I didn’t have to even see, much less work with. However, it has never been a direct manager so the impact was not severe.
If my boss was so bad that I dreaded going to work every day, I’d make a change … in a heartbeat. Life is too short to be miserable.
If you have a bad manager/boss, it’s up to you to do something about it. If talking directly to your boss doesn’t work, there is nothing else you can do except change jobs. That doesn’t mean you have to leave a great company because of a bad boss. You can always attempt to transfer to another department or report to someone else.
Managers or companies?
So do employees leave managers or companies? Yes. They leave both. We don’t want good employees to leave, regardless of the reason. But, make sure it’s not because of you as a leader.
Think back to when you’ve made a job transition. What was your reason? Do you wish you would have done anything differently? Please let us know by commenting below.