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“People leave managers, not companies” is a common statement you’ll hear when HR issues are discussed.

But is it really true?

I read something interesting on this topic the other day. It was a collection of 20 stats from a number of different studies and surveys.

I found that some of the stats could relate especially to SME, because as a small business owner we wear so many hats, run 100 miles an hour and forget to come up for air and smell the roses. And yes, sometimes paying that extra attention to employees may be forgotten amongst the plethora of things to do.

I thought these 5 stats were worthy to share:

  1. 43% leave due to the work culture
  2. 92% of employees would stay in their jobs if their bosses would show more empathy
  3. 82% would be more loyal if their job was more flexible
  4. Only 12% of employees leave their job because they wanted more money
  5. Organizations with poor on-boarding programs have double the chances of experiencing employee turnover.

The message is loud and clear: Bosses need to be less managerial and more like a mentor / coach.

Here are 7 traits of a strong leader

  1. Respect your employees
  2. Show genuine care and interest
  3. Be quick to share and give credit
  4. Don’t micro-manage
  5. Encourage training and development
  6. Emotional intelligence
  7. Able to have open and honest conversations

Being a strong leader at all times is not easy as we all have our own troubles and problems to solve. However, rising above it and leading the way will gain respect and commitment from your team.

If you need assistance with workforce planning and building a strong workplace culture, please give me a call on 07 4050 3888 or shoot me an email

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