Most Canadians Blame Boss as Their Reason for Quitting Poll Shows That Employees Want Real Leaders Who Can Admit
Their Mistakes and Listen to Staff More Closely

    TORONTO, November 5 /CNW/ - The vast majority of Canadians who have quit
a job say they did so because of a boss who treated them poorly or ruled by
fear and intimidation, according to a new online poll.

    A total of 84 per cent of the 2,687 people who participated in the recent poll said they have left a job because of a "bad boss."

    The actual reasons cited for quitting varied, with 32% claiming their
former boss "did not treat people fairly." Another 28% said their former boss
"ruled by intimidation and fear," while 24% said they tossed in the towel and
quit over a boss who "did not respect the rights of employees." Only 16%
claimed to have quit a job for reasons unrelated to the boss.

    "There is no doubt that bosses typically are seen as the primary reason
for people either loving or leaving their jobs and in today's tight labour
market, it's more important than ever for companies to realize this as they
compete for the best people," said Gabriel Bouchard, Monster Canada's
vice-president and general manager. "A good boss who leads by example is the
key to creating a great work environment that attracts and retains the best

    In a second boss poll - asking "What should your boss do to be
a better leader?" - 35% of the 2,636 total respondents said their current boss
should "set clearer expectations and provide constructive feedback."

    Another 27% said their boss needs to "admit when a mistake is made
instead of blaming others," while 22% said their boss needs to become "more
accessible and open to communicating."

    About 16% of the poll participants urged the boss to "listen to employees
more" on the job.

    "Employees and employers alike should understand that the great boss is
usually made, not born," Bouchard said. "Being an effective leader requires a
focused effort each day and the truly great boss rarely stays great without
working hard at it. The best bosses stay on top by attending management
seminars, reading books and doing a lot of self-assessment."

    How much of a difference can the boss make for employees? Studies have
shown that stress levels are far lower in workplaces that are managed fairly,
and that time lost to sick days also tend to be lower. Employees who like the
boss and feel valued also tend to be more productive each day.

    Bouchard cites the following checklist of qualities for a great boss:

    --  Sets clear expectations;

    --  Takes the time to coach staff and offer useful feedback;

    --  Recognizes people's efforts and treats everyone as equal;

    --  Gets to know employees and their unique talents;

    --  Works fearlessly but remains truthful, direct and sensitive.

    To find our more about great bosses and how to be one, visit
for these and other articles: What Makes a Great Boss?; 21 Types of Bosses;
How to Make Your Boss Your Friend; Neutralize Your Toxic Boss.

    About Monster Canada

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resources portal - a bilingual, user-friendly site that is improving the
employment and recruitment experience in today's competitive job market.
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For further information: Porter Novelli Canada (for Monster Canada)
Sharon Navarro, 416-422-7150 or Monster
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