Nearly two-thirds of workers happy with their bosses, says new Accountemps survey

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October 17 is National Boss Day, and according to a new survey from Accountemps, nearly two in three workers (64 percent) claim that they’re happy with their supervisors. The report, titled The State of the Manager-Employee Relationship, went on to show that 29 percent of those polled say they’re “somewhat” happy with their bosses, with only a scant eight percent giving them low marks.

 

A majority of professionals (67 percent) went on to claim that they don’t aspire to earn their boss’s job, citing more stress and responsibility (45 percent) and a lack of desire to manage others (27 percent) as reasons why. Top suggestions for managers included more communication (37 percent) and recognition (31 percent).

 

“Managers can sometimes get a bad rap, but in reality most professionals understand that the job is tough and complex and may not be for everyone,” said Bill Driscoll, district president for Accountemps, per a statement. “The challenge for many bosses today isn’t just identifying a successor but convincing that professional to step up to the challenge.”

 

“The employee-manager relationship is a two-way street,” Driscoll added, “and both parties play a role in the dynamic. The best relationships are built on strong communication combined with mutual trust and respect.”

 

Additional findings from the Accountemps survey include:

  • A majority of professionals (56 percent) age 18-34 are most eager to move up to their manager’s position, compared to 34 percent of respondents 34-55 and 13 percent 55 and older.
  • 34 percent of respondents have left a job due to a relationship with a supervisor
  • 12 percent professionals between the ages of 35 and 54 are unhappy with their boss, the largest of any age group. This group also was the most likely to have quit a job over a strained or dysfunctional relationship with a manager.
  • Half of workers said their boss understands the demands of their job, with 16 percent feeling their boss has little understanding of their jobs.
  • 49 percent of millennials feel their boss recognizes their potential, with 67 percent of workers 55 and older claiming the same.

 

Accountemps offers the following advice to improve the employee-manager relationship:

Accountemps survey

 By Sean McCabe, October 13, 2016