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"Often people equate being a manager with micromanaging people, and I don’t think that’s the best way to manage. People do their best work when they’re not micromanaged, and in many cases, they don’t need to have that much oversight.”

GOODHIRE CEO MIKE GROSSMAN

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How employees perceive managers

In a recent survey of 3,000 American workers conducted by GoodHire, 83% of respondents said they could do their job without a manager. That number increases to 89% for finance and insurance professionals, 88% among healthcare workers, and 87% for those in hospitality, science, and technology roles. Beyond that, 84% of respondents said they could do their manager’s job, and 82% said they would consider quitting because of a bad manager.

The widely shared sentiment toward managers can be traced back to two primary causes: how they’re selected, and how they’re trained (or not trained).

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Empathetic managers

The best managers are people who genuinely care about the people they work with, and who report to them.

While managers are often promoted as recognition of their job performance, individual accomplishments are rarely a strong indicator of managerial abilities. In recent years, and especially during the pandemic, there has been a broader recognition of the importance of demonstrating empathy as a manager.

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Turning to colleagues for help

Over time, the responsibilities of managers—and the number of workers who report to them—have skyrocketed, making it more difficult to provide that hands-on assistance.

As a result, employees are turning to their colleagues for the help and advice they would have traditionally sought from a manager.

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Managers and workplace toxicity

Not only have managers become less of a resource to their direct reports, they’re also a primary source of toxicity in the workplace.

Atoxic corporate culture is the number one cause of employee attrition and is more than 10 times more likely to be the cause of an employee’s departure than compensation.

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