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Bad bosses top reason UK employees want to quit

A third of Brits (10.3m) are currently contemplating handing in their resignation – and bad bosses topped the list of reasons why, according to our recent research.


Bad bosses outranked pay, stress and commuting amongst reasons why employees are planning to hand in their resignation, with almost half (45%) of those people who are considering quitting naming lousy leadership as the biggest factor influencing their choice.


14 most annoying habits of UK bad bosses:


We surveyed 1,000 UK employees to find the most infuriating habits of their bosses and managers – with answers ranging from bad breath and laziness, to favouritism. Indecisive leaders with a lack of clear direction topped the list, followed by managers who are stingy with praise. Meddling micro-managers and bosses who love to shout also ranked highly.


The results provided an interesting (and perhaps unsurprising) insight into the most prolific bugbears surrounding poor management:



  • Lack of direction – 32%

  • Being indecisive – 21%

  • Never giving praise – 21%

  • Micro-managing – 20%

  • Never giving you a pay rise or bonus – 17%

  • Shouting at you – 17%

  • Clearly favours other colleagues – 15%

  • Undermines your work – 14%

  • Throws you under the bus to protect themselves – 12%

  • Is overpaid – 12%

  • Lazy – 11%

  • Never turning up – 10%

  • Bad breath – 6%

  • Tries to be your friend instead of your boss – 4%


Escaping bad bosses


Crunch CEO Darren Fell said “Our research highlights the role strong leadership plays in retaining quality staff, with employees ranking it as more impactful to their workplace happiness than factors like pay and stress. But bad bosses are clearly affecting productivity and wellbeing across the UK, and many people are looking to escape an unhappy work situation.


“Interestingly, our research also revealed that the solution could already be under many people’s noses, with one-in-three believing their hobby could one day become their business. Whatever your motivation, at Crunch we’ve got all the support, advice and tools to help you become your own boss.”


Whatever your reasons for leaving a job are – if you’re considering a career change and are interested in setting up a business, visit our Get Started hub for advice on how to make it happen.


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