When Managers Resign

Here’s a startling number: more than 25 million people quit their jobs in the second half of 2021. It’s why the term “Great Resignation” was born. Of course, not all of these 25 million people were in management roles within their organization, but the “Great Resignation” has certainly impacted leadership positions. Whether managers have chosen to retire or jump ship for green pastures, when the leadership of an organization is impacted, it has a ripple effect that can last for quite a while.

Last month, we looked at why mentorship is so vital in cultivating future leaders. But what about retaining the management team you have in place now? They say that employees don’t leave organizations, they leave their managers. But why do managers resign? What causes someone who has ascended to a leadership position to decide to leave? These are a few of the top reasons:

  • They don’t have the resources they need to get their job done: Managers may lack technological tools and support, administrative assistance, flexibility in their schedule, etc.
  • They don’t feel supported: Managers can often feel overloaded trying to support everyone else. But who is supporting them? Who do they turn to in times of crisis?
  • They feel like they’re being micromanaged: If managers feel like they lack autonomy and their ability to lead is being stifled, it can lead to lack of engagement, doubt in their abilities, anger and stress.
  • They lack the training to be as effective a leader as possible: Inadequate leadership training can lead to a host of issues for both managers and team members.
  • They don’t see growth: Some managers are content to stay in their role until retirement, while others may want a different path because they are bored and don’t feel challenged.

If you’re having an issue with manager turnover or just want to get a jump on any potential issues before they become a problem, working with a coaching firm like Leah M Joppy and Associates is extremely helpful. We provide a fresh perspective and unbiased approach and work with you to identify current and potential issues. We also provide the training and support needed to make managers feel valued and ready to build a strong, more effective team. Call us at 301-670-0051 or email leah@lmja.com to learn more.