Line managers 'need to engage workers'

by Daniel Jones

Line managers are crucial in retaining workers, one industry body has said.

Employees who feel that their management is committed to them are likely to stay longer, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Mike Emmott, employee relations advisor at the organisation, said: "It's often said that employees join organisations but leave bad bosses."

He advises employers that there is no single way to 'engage' employees but organisations need to demonstrate that they are interested in their workers.

The findings back up research from First Direct, which has shown that more than a quarter (28 per cent) of workers have left positions because they wanted a different boss.

Interestingly, a fifth have chosen to become self-employed because they did not think they were managed in the right way.

More than one in ten (12 per cent) have opted to change their profession altogether, they are so scarred by the experience of working in a place.

Published on: December 24, 2010

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