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Shock, horror! One in eight of us admire NOTHING about our boss

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities

Shock, horror! One in eight of us admire NOTHING about our boss Shock, horror! One in eight of us admire NOTHING about our boss

In what will probably come as a shock to many, a new report has revealed that one in eight of us cannot name a single quality they admire in their manager.

And in even more bad news for bosses, three-quarters of us admit to talking about our dear leaders behind their backs.

According to Investor in People's research, the most frequently despised stunt pulled by managers is not giving reward or recognition where it’s due, which was named by 19% of workers as a source of huge frustration.

Being disorganised, not motivating staff, and not caring about their employees’ career progression were also named as among the most loathed qualities.

When workers were asked what qualities they most admire in their boss, 'being trusted to do the job' came out top, named by 34%.

Being approachable and having experience in the job was also ranked highly among staff.

These traits were also ranked highly when employees were asked what qualities they think make a good manager in general; being approachable was listed by 36% of staff, followed by having organisational skills (34%) and strength of relevant experience (33%).

The research also found that having a good relationship with a manager is important to overall job satisfaction. Over half (53%) of those who said they get on with their manager are happier in their job, with a quarter (24%) saying it makes them work harder as a result.

Almost one in four workers (23%) believe they will stay longer at their current company due to getting on with their manager.

But it’s a bleaker picture for the 14% of staff who said they do not have a good relationship with their manager.

Almost half of workers (43%) have considered looking for a new job as a result and 39% feel stressed or anxious.

Particularly worrying for bosses will be the fact that a third (36%) feel less motivated to do a good job for the company, and 22% simply do not work as hard if they do not get on with their boss.

The research found that workers connect particular qualities with being a ‘modern manager’: with being approachable (32%); having respect for colleagues’ opinions (29%); and working for the good of the team rather than having a big ego (29%) coming out top.

In contrast, almost a third connect being hierarchical and separate from staff with being an ‘old-fashioned’ leader.

Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said: “While there are a lot of good managers out there, for the 3.7 million workers in the UK who can’t name a single quality they admire in their boss there is clearly some work to be done. It’s not something that companies should just accept as inevitable; bad bosses result in unhappy, unproductive staff who will leave your business sooner.

“At Investors in People, we believe that good people make a great business – and that it’s crucial to nurture staff to get the best out of them. If staff are unhappy because of their manager, senior management should step in to identify the problem and remedy it – whether that’s through management training, improving the reward and recognition structure, or in making sure that all staff are more involved in key decisions and processes.”

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