Stronger Manager-Employee Relationships Help Improve Talent Retention!

Recently we asked Chat GPT the Top Five Reasons Employees Resign. Here was Its Response:

Employee resignations can be attributed to a myriad of reasons, but several consistently emerge as top factors across various surveys and studies. Here are the top five reasons employees typically resign:

  1. Relationship with Manager: A challenging or unsupportive relationship with a direct supervisor can be a primary reason for leaving a job. Employees thrive under managers who provide clear communication, fair treatment, and opportunities for growth. A lack of these can lead to frustration and the feeling of being undervalued.
  2. Lack of Career Growth and Advancement Opportunities
  3. Inadequate Compensation and Benefits
  4. Work-Life Balance
  5. Company Culture and Work Environment

Yes, the manager-employee relationship plays a pivotal role in an employee’s decision to resign their career position. The dynamic between an employee and their direct supervisor can significantly impact job satisfaction, engagement, and overall well-being. Here are a few reasons why this relationship is so influential:

Immediate Supervision: Employees usually interact with their managers more than any other higher-ups in the company. Therefore, the day-to-day relationship with their manager can shape their overall perception of the organization.

Feedback and Recognition: Managers are typically the primary source of feedback and recognition. Employees who consistently feel unrecognized or undervalued, or who receive feedback that’s overly negative or not constructive, may consider leaving.

Professional Growth: Managers often have a significant say in promotions, raises, training opportunities, and challenging assignments. If employees feel they’re not being given opportunities to grow, they may look elsewhere.

Support and Resources: Managers are usually the gatekeepers of resources, whether that’s tools, training, or time. Employees who consistently feel unsupported or ill-equipped might consider other positions where they believe they’ll have what they need to succeed.

Trust and Autonomy: Micromanagement can be a sign of distrust. Employees who feel they aren’t trusted or lack autonomy may feel stifled and frustrated, pushing them to seek environments where they have more freedom.

Conflict Resolution: How managers handle conflicts can greatly affect an employee’s job satisfaction. Effective conflict resolution can create a positive work environment, whereas poor handling can lead to prolonged tension and dissatisfaction.

Communication: Clear, open, and honest communication from a manager is crucial. Lack of transparency or feeling out of the loop can make employees feel insecure or undervalued.

Work-Life Balance: Managers often influence work schedules, time-off approvals, and overtime expectations. A manager’s understanding and flexibility can impact an employee’s satisfaction and balance between work and personal life.

Emotional Well-being: A supportive manager can positively influence an employee’s mental health by fostering a positive environment, providing necessary support, and showing understanding during tough times.

Organizational Representation: For many employees, their direct manager represents the company at large. A negative relationship can affect the employee’s overall perception of the organization, leading to thoughts of resignation.

The adage “People don’t leave jobs, they leave managers” underscores the significance of the manager-employee relationship in retention. While not every resignation is due to a poor relationship with a manager, it’s undoubtedly one of the most critical factors in many cases. Proper training, emotional intelligence, and effective communication skills for managers can go a long way in reducing turnover related to these issues.


Participate in our “State of Employee Retention” survey to learn more about the workplace challenges faced with employees and how you can begin to build retention strategies that provide positive improvements.

Employee retention is fundamental to business success. But it can be challenging when there are other organizations vying for your employees’ talents. We’re surveying owners, senior executives, talent management professionals and HR pros, like you, to find out the best methods to retain employees.This is the perfect opportunity to participate and find out how strong your employee retention is! As a thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, we’ll send you a complimentary copy of the State of Employee Retention 2023 research report and infographic (simply provide your email in the survey).  

TAKE THE SURVEY  <Survey Link>

So let me know if you would like to participate and get a full report of the findings. You can send me your email or connect with me on Linked In. My contact information is and my phone number is 519-500-0251


Listen to our recent podcast interview with Rick Nuske as we discuss various factors, challenges and issues with talent retention.

Retention Podcast with Rick Nuske on Employee Retention


Would you like to help your managers better understand their role in the retention process? Could they benefit from training and support to develop the skills and knowledge on how to cultivate positive emotions related to key retention drivers?

Ask about our Retention Risk Analyzer and Business Case Calculator tools to determine risk of losing talent and understanding the ROI from retention strategies.

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