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More Than A Quarter Of Bosses Have An Employee They'd Like To See Leave The Company, Finds CareerBuilder Study

CHICAGO, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Most managers understand that the quality of their working relationships with employees can make or break on-the-job productivity, but just how pervasive are negative worker/boss pairings? And what are some warning signs that your manager may want you out?

A new CareerBuilder survey – conducted online by Harris Interactive from February 11 to March 6, 2013 among more than 2,000 U.S. employers – finds that 27 percent of bosses have a current direct report that they would like to see leave their company. The results were nearly equal by gender, but varied significantly by age, with younger managers (ages 25-34) more likely to report having an employee they would like to leave than older managers (ages 55+) by a margin of eight percentage points—32 to 24 percent, respectively.

How do managers confront the disfavored employee? "It's important that managers be as direct as possible when dealing with employees that, for whatever reason, aren't a good fit for their teams," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "Fortunately, a plurality of managers in our survey were open to confronting the situation through a formal discussion or warning; however, some will do nothing at all, or even resort to passive aggressive behaviors that can only prolong a negative working arrangement. It's important that workers be aware of such warning signs, and if necessary, take steps to improve their situations."

When dealing with an employee they would like to leave, 42 percent of managers are likely to issue a formal warning. Other things managers say they are more likely to do that may serve as a red flag for workers include:

  • Point out shortcomings in employee's performance more often: 27 percent
  • Reduce responsibilities: 21 percent
  • Hire someone else to eventually replace the employee: 12 percent
  • Move the employee to another work area: 8 percent
  • Keep employee out of the loop regarding new company developments: 8 percent
  • Communicate primarily via email instead of in person or over the phone: 7 percent
  • Don't invite the employee to certain meetings or involve him/her in certain projects: 6 percent
  • Don't invite the employee to social gatherings with co-workers: 3 percent Nearly a third (32 percent) of managers said they would do none of the above.

Haefner offers the following tips for workers looking to repair relationships with management:

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