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Posted by Insightlink on 11/14/14

A Solution That Could Help Keep Employees Engaged

The saying is that people don’t leave jobs or leave companies, they leave managers. And our research supports this, showing that less than 6 in 10 employees are satisfied with their immediate supervisor. Working for someone you dislike can make life miserable but it can also cause havoc with your health. Studies have shown that the strain could be severe enough to cause serious heart problems and significantly higher blood pressure (Source: Occupational and Environmental Medicine).
In a recent article by Laura Vanderkam at Fast Company, an intriguing solution to this problem is presented that proposes allowing new hires to choose the manager they want to work with. Try to imagine what that would look like!

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Reasons to consider the idea go as follows:
1. Unhappy new hires may quit before an organization has recouped the cost of hiring. As Jeanne Meister, a partner at Future Workplace, says in the article, “Selecting one’s manager provides for the greatest amount of ‘voice’ for the new hire. It’s like a marriage. It has to be right for both people.”
2. This approach is perfectly designed for our culture, which is becoming increasingly more obsessed with customizing and designing their own-everything…It’s hard to get more customized than choosing your own manager.
3. Job hunting is a two way process. A company is choosing you but you are choosing them too. Giving new hires a voice in their staffing makes sense.

Obstacles:
To choose the right manager, you have to know yourself and what makes you tick and often a new hire may have no idea what kind of management style they will thrive under. The key is to select a manager that you work well with, who is also going to inspire you.

The ‘how’ has not been developed yet but putting this concept into practice is an idea that may continue to gain traction since there is growing support for the idea that ‘giving new hires a voice in staffing makes sense’.

Read original article here:
http://www.fastcompany.com/3038312/should-new-employees-choose-their-managers

 

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