Not just bad bosses, workers shun good ones too

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Washington D.C, Jan 28 (ANI): It is usually perceived that people join companies but leave managers, but according to a new study, workers leave good bosses and bad bosses in equal measure.

According to University of Illinois’s Ravi S. Gajendran, an organization’s former employees or “alumni” can potentially be important strategic assets in the future, provided they leave on good terms.

“If you have a good relationship with an employee who’s left to join a client or competitor, you can leverage that relationship and potentially use them as a source of future business or as a back-channel source of information,” he said. “Therefore, thinking of ex-employees as a strategic constituency is something more organizations should start doing.”

Using data from interviews with ex-employees, Gajendran and his co-authors found that among employees who quit, pre-turnover “leader-member exchange” that is, the quality of the boss-worker bee relationship is positively related to higher salaries and greater responsibility in a worker’s next job as well as the goodwill they feel toward their former company.

Gajendran added that people leave good managers, precisely because good managers invest in and develop their employees. They typically get a better job with more responsibilities at their next employer.

While that scenario might leave managers in a bind, Gajendran’s research finds that there’s a silver lining to valued employees leaving good managers.

“Those soon-to-be ex-employees are likely to have good feelings for the organization that gave them an opportunity to develop themselves,” he said. “As a result, they are more likely to be open to a reunion with the organization as a so-called ‘boomerang employee,’ but they could also be a good source of information for the organization.”

The study appears in Personnel Psychology. (ANI)

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