And nearly a third don’t rate the skills of their current manager

They say ‘people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers’, and a survey by B2B marketplace Approved Index may have proved that once and for all, discovering that nearly half (42 per cent) of employees have left a job because of a bad boss.

In its survey of 1,374 employees, almost a third (30 per cent) feel their current boss is a bad manager and 44 per cent said they disliked their boss more than controversial PM cover girl Katie Hopkins.

Recruitment was ranked as the worst industry for terrible managers with all respondents from that profession reporting that they had left a job because of a poor relationship with a manager. Other sectors which scored poorly in the survey include travel and tourism (77 per cent of respondents had left a job because of a poor manager), marketing and PR (63 per cent) and accounting (61 per cent).

Other industries featuring in the top ten for worst bosses were events, entertainment, fashion, agriculture and food, architecture and security.

On the other hand, only one in five respondents working in research and less than a third (30 per cent) of those working in engineering had been driven out of a role by their manager.

And interestingly, people working in HR ranked their bosses ‘most trustworthy’, with 94 per cent saying they trusted their manager. Those working in real estate trusted their boss the least, with 50 per cent reporting this.

When asked why they disliked their managers, 41 per cent cited a lack of recognition, while 40 per cent said they felt overworked.

It’s not that employees don’t want to get along with their boss either. Nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) said getting along with their boss helped boost their motivation and a third said a good relationship with their boss was even more important than job satisfaction.

Unfortunately for those poor employees who lack a good relationship with their line manager or section head, bosses are unlikely to improve anytime soon. A 2014 report by the CIPD discovered that the quality of managers had not improved over the last decade.

Meanwhile, the April 2015 issue of People Management magazine unveiled some of bosses more shocking antics, including telling an employee with cancer to use annual leave rather than sick leave and headbutting a worker “because he was annoying”.

Tribly Rajna, editor of the Approved Index, said: “The relationship between bosses and their employees is an interesting concept and it’s really important to have a good working environment. It’s something that we really pride ourselves on something here so we just wanted to see how people are feeling in their jobs with their relationships with their boss.”

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