People Don’t Leave Jobs… They Leave Bosses

More than 1 million employees can't be wrong…

A Gallup poll of more 1 million employed U.S. workers concluded that the number one reason people quit their jobs is a bad boss. "People leave managers not companies. In the end, turnover is mostly a manager issue," Gallup wrote in its survey findings.

Take Ownership for Your Relationship With Your Boss

Now sometimes you just get stuck with a bad boss, but the beautiful thing is that you don't just have to accept that. And no I'm not talking about what we call "firing your boss" which means quitting in a huff and changing your boss by finding a new job. Because odds are you will just replace one problem with another. The key is Managing Your Relationship With Your Boss. Wondering how to manage up and how to manage your manager?

The easy introduction to this is to have high quality One-on-Ones with your boss like I show you in this free mini-course. (The course includes best practice one on one downloads plus managing upwards tips)

Take a minute to ask yourself:

  • Are you sure you’re not wasting your time working on priorities your boss doesn’t value because your boss hasn’t told you?
  • Does your boss not value you because your boss hasn’t told you what they want from you?
  • Are you getting acknowledgement for the contribution you make?
  • Does your boss know who you are as a person?

If you answered “NO” to any of the above then it’s a sign that your relationship with your boss simply isn’t working. And what this means is that you’ll be unhappy and stuck in your job. But you don’t have to accept this. Because you can take charge of your destiny and start managing up.

Don’t Replace One Problem With Another - If You Can’t be With the One You Love, Love the One You’re With

Let’s face it, not many bosses get trained how to be good bosses which is why so many people have bad bosses. The problem is that this also means that if you leave, you’re just as likely to end up replacing one problem with another.

So before you decide to chuck it all in it makes sense to take one last chance to rethink how you can better manage the boss you already have.

Regular One on One Meetings With Your Boss are the Key to a Better Boss Relationship

The thing is that your relationship with your boss is the most important work relationship that you have. Because it's this relationship that determines:

  • What work you do,
  • Your career progression,
  • Your increases and bonuses
  • But ultimately your work happiness too.

Because if you have a bad relationship with your boss, you are going to hate your job.

The great news is that you don’t have to wait for your boss to be better at communicating with you because you can take responsibility for having better communications with your boss. Manage your manager - and high quality one one ones with your boss are the best place to start.

Now maybe you’re already having One-on-Ones with your boss but they’re not working for you.  What I’ve got for you is a bunch of best practice and tips to get the most out of your one on one meetings with your boss. Some of these will take a little work but they are about being effective so you can get better results with less work and stress. And you can register for these free bite-size lessons in this one-on-ones mini-course. (Includes a free one on one meeting agenda).


Have you ever been in a situation where you've left a job because of a bad boss? or do you have any good managing upwards tips? We'd love to hear your story. Please feel free to share with us in the comments below.

Boss Camp

If you think about it, the job of a Boss is to get people to do stuff. But getting people to do what you want must be one of the toughest things in the world. That’s why WWW.BOSS.CAMP is about making managing easy in just an hour a week. The program includes topics such as:

  • How to hire for performance,
  • How to motivate employees,
  • What are bad employee motivators,
  • What you must do as a manager but isn't on your job description,
  • How leaders get power.