Thinking of resigning? What is your reason?

I want this post to be more of a discussion than me actually writing a post.  I am claiming that the strongest reason that would make employees quit their jobs is bad management.  I believe that one could hold on to a job with less salary provided that his manager is good and on the other hand if you will get a huge salary but work with a bad manager you’ll quit.  By a bad manager I mean:

1- one who treats his employees badly like lose his temper, discriminate, being harsh in his judgments, criticize in public, humiliate, not acknowledge good work, underestimate efforts, always creating stress and tension around the office…..etc.

2- Being unfair and favor some employees on others based on his own relations with them and not based on work quality and productivity.

3- Lacking time management and planning skills and being unable to balance workload.

4- focusing on trivials and not on core work issues

5- Not following clear, scientific and fair performance evaluation methods

6- following a centralized and dictatorship way of management and not opening room for creativity and innovation. And also not giving a chance to anyone to assume responsibilities and take decisions.

I believe that I can survive a job with a salary that I think I could earn more or without a very clear career path but to work with a manager that exercises any or all of the above is unacceptable to me.

What do you think? Please answer and distribute this post as much as possible because I would really like to know what people think.  It would be great if you could write your country of residence along with your answer to make the analysis more scientific.  I have discussed this issue with some people and we all tend to agree that in Egypt it is different than worldwide but is it really? I would like to know

waiting for your feedback



I would like to highlight that I realize that submitting your resignation is not something that you do impulsively and so many reasons can be involved in the decision. What I am really trying to measure here is the effect of bad managers on companies’ turnover rates.  I am claiming it is the strongest reason that would raise turnover rates and trying to find out what most people think



13 thoughts on “Thinking of resigning? What is your reason?

    • True Tamer, I just wanted to clarify what I mean by a bad manager and I didn’t mention all traits of bad managers.

      So what do you think? would it be the strongest reason for people to quit?

  1. i believe its different in egypt as you said, moreover the culture of the place you are working in and the level of awareness in the organization, priorities and preference of each person.
    for instance, it is well known about KRAFT that they pay high salaries, when someone is hired, they are faced with agressive and tough management. its not easy to resign then.

    another example, the limitation of the industry itself, if its a closed market with specific orientation, and the company has at least gentleman agreement with competitors or vendors (VF, Mobinil ,Etisalat, Hawaei, Ericsson) it becomes harder to resign specially if you are working in the core business of the organization. i hear Feadback from ppl about bad management, unclear objectives, biasn and discrimination but they dont know how to resign, the safest is to move to another department. another example in the same field, VF ppl suffer actually of “not doing much” coz work is very specialized, yet, when it comes to security, benefits its very good. so they dont resign.

    companies like P&G, it pays well, open for international assignment, and its a school by itself. some keep on working hard ot a senior level then they go to a top management Co later on or open their own business. some believe its tough work and they just leave.

    i believe there is no definite rule for why people leave. you need to conduct turnover analysis with exit interviews (with categorized reasons for analysis like, culture, direct management, pay, communication, unclear role). you need to track the turnover over a period of time (6-12 months) then you can identify the reasons (in order of criticality) why do people leave. if you are doing a reasearch about egypt, then you need to builed samples from different industries and watch it overtime.

    moreover,we need to know that the equation of a good job differes from one person to another, depending on their career level, educational background and social and financial standard. (for example, a fresh grad will say yes for any job , will do all the tasks they are asked coz they know they are learning. after sometime they start to realize they need more specialization and clear role. if they dont find it, they might leave, specially if theres a better offer)

    someone in more senior level (lets say, Team Leaders, Supervisors),if they find that the learning curve is constant (specially if they are ambitious and eager to learn and like to try new things) the might leave even if the new package is not that good.

    on a higher level, you may find those who want security, they dont care for the learning curve anymore, but they want financial security and something to balance work and personal life (this is very common specially in married females with children, who contribute to household financials).

  2. in addition to the above, to test the validity of outcome of turnover analysis, you can conduct employee satisfaction survey as well . that will really help to know the weakness of your organization

  3. what you wrote is 100% true, but i met some people who are ready to accept this type of bad managers with high salaries because he is preparing for a marriage or building his house. in other words be harsh if you paid me more, which is wrong 🙂

    • And if the need for money is put aside, would it be the number one reason? I mean if I ask employees if you put aside your need for the salary and the fact that you can’t quit, would you if you had a bad boss? would the answer then be YES?

  4. Hi Doha, as we spoke, Yes bad management it a pain, but I believe that the Egyptian market’s employees and companies are not still mature.

    as I talked I find a lot of people who just don’t want to quite their job because it is secure not on financial level but for example they are FTEs and they will not be fired, I met a lot of talented engineers who preferred to work in government just because they will be secure and will not fired.

    Money/Security are basic instincts but Egyptian have capitalized on them hugely in the last 15 years and money and wealth became the value of the society. thus as I told you before WW that is 100% true, but in Egypt it is not the case because the lack of the vision, loving stabilization to the end and bad experiences people saw.

    I read this article yesterday and this is exactly an example of bad management and what will happen if bad management existed even in one of the largest companies, but do you think that if those employees were Egyptians, would they quit ?!

  5. hey Doha,

    had a unforgettable set of experiences at one UN agency in Mozambique. Many managers fit many a bill you described above quite well.

    Many are arrogant, ignorant and ambitious, all at the same time. Their employees, those who survive for more than few months, become slaves, executioners and pleasers of their will.

    I know a case of particularly interesting manager at a small UN agency. She is smart, rather well0educated, not your average UN manager type, way better. However, her leadership style could be resumed in two words, threats and intimidation. Also, she would ask her employees to for example come early to work but herself never show up in time. She would never admit being wrong or causing a problem, the others being those with problems.

    good points.

    • And do her employees stay for the salary or do they quit? I mean does she have a high turnover rate? from your comment I understood she has high turnover rates since you said “who survive more than few months” – Interesting thanks for sharing your findings

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