70% of people feel actively disengaged from their jobs. And in the majority of cases, the reason isn’t compensation or benefits. It’s their immediate boss. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the boss is cruel or abusive (although obviously that happens, too). It very often means that the boss has zero understanding of leadership and / or doesn’t know how to engage each particular employee.

To point out the painfully obvious, I’m talking about employees who are sought out and valued in this strongly job seeker’s labor environment. Companies try to improve “company culture,” put up candy machines or ping pong tables in the offices, but as great as ping pong and free candy are, nobody stays for them. People stay for people and leave because of people. Even the most curmudgeonly, misanthropic folks have something they want, and it’s their boss’s job to find out what that is and provide it.

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  1. Is it just where I live or has this idea become old fashioned everywhere? Bosses used to think that was their job but now they are just about enforcing whatever kind of discipline consultants have said should come from the top. My university has also hired a consultant to figure out why students are leaving. We know it is because they keep raising tuition but they want another answer.


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