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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Workers won't put up with bad bosses

A survey says 82% of office workers would quit a job rather than put up with an outrageous boss.

sex-and-relationships Updated: Aug 07, 2013 12:09 IST


It seems that more and more employees are doing an Andrea Sachs of Devil Wears Prada by walking out on their bosses from hell, even if the job offered something that “a million (people) would die for”.

A survey has found 82 per cent of office workers have quit a job rather than put up with an outrageous boss.

Chandler Macleod's Recruitment Solutions general manager Lorraine Christopher said with the unemployment rate at a 32-year low, companies needed to start training their managers.

Over 75 per cent of survey respondents claimed they'd knock back a job with better pay if the manager had a poor reputation.

Christopher said the survey proved "people don't leave organisations, they leave bad bosses''.

”This study should serve as a timely wake-up call for organisations. Businesses simply can't afford to overlook any employee,'' she was quoted by AAP as saying.

The survey of 233 office workers found more than 26 per cent claimed their boss never facilitated career development, almost 20 per cent reported a complete lack of regular and honest feedback and more than half said their manger did not always keep their word or provide leadership.

Around 65 per cent of workers described their current manager as “always approachable'', 58 per cent said their boss was always supportive and 60 per cent felt their manager respected their role in the organisation.

Christopher said when dealing with a "bad boss'' employees should request a meeting to discuss problems.

She said when giving feedback on a manager, employees should focus on the impact of the situation on their employment environment and work performance, “and not resort to personal attacks''.

The survey was conducted by Recruitment Solutions, which specialises in office support recruitment.

First Published: Mar 29, 2007 19:25 IST