Survey: Bosses blasted and booed – South Florida Business Journal
Saturday is National Bosses Day, a time to reflect on how we feel about those to whom we answer every day.
Are you planning to honor your boss with some token of appreciation? Or are you among the growing number of workers dissatisfied with your relationship?
A new poll, conducted by Monster on behalf of Fort Lauderdale-based Spherion Staffing, finds 45 percent of U.S. workers say their relationship with their boss has been affected by the recession. And, of those, 74 percent say it has weakened their relationship with their boss.
“Not only are many bosses falling short in supporting their employees’ career development, in many cases, they are hindering their progress,” Spherion notes.
The study found that 38 percent of workers felt their boss is somewhat or very uncaring when it comes to their career development, and 27 percent say that their boss’s attitude about their career development has changed since the recession.
More alarming, nearly half of workers (45 percent) say their boss has taken credit for their work, and an additional 37 percent say their boss has “thrown them under the bus” to save himself/herself.
At a time when jobs are tough to keep, one out of four workers said their boss is somewhat or very dishonest about their job security, and more than half (53 percent) feel their boss doesn’t respect them.
And, many employees lack confidence in discussing sensitive or unethical issues with their managers. The study found 46 percent of workers say they don’t think they can freely and openly discuss unethical workplace issues with their boss, and 44 percent say they can’t confide about sensitive or confidential workplace issues.
“Managers need to create an environment that fosters open and direct communication, offers unwavering support for workers, and demonstrates commitment to career development,” says Loretta Penn, president of Spherion Staffing Services. “Unfortunately, many of today’s bosses simply aren’t delivering on this responsibility.”
Now, what if someone offered you your boss’s job? Would you take it? Just 34 percent said they would, while 40 percent said no. Despite that, 44 percent felt they could do their boss’s job better and 61 percent felt they had better management skills than their boss.
There also doesn’t seem to be much loyalty, with 43 percent sating they would not follow their boss to another company. Thirty-five percent said they weren’t sure.
How do you feel about your boss? Do you like him or her? Do you think you could do a better job? Would you follow him or her to another company, or say good riddance?
Doesn’t surprise me, I cannot remember last time anyone had something positive to say about their boss; but I think this goes beyond the recession and will become an determining factor for business success especially with the Small Business.