I really want to hurl when I think about a jerk of a boss I had years ago. He was my first boss out of school and made an extra effort to intimidate me and put me down. It has never surprised me to hear that an employee's boss is the number one reason for leaving one's job. It felt so good when a few years later that jerk of a boss was fired and had trouble finding another job.
But today, we celebrate the good bosses. Today is National Boss Day. I know this may be hard to believe, but this day was created by a greeting card company. You are supposed to honor the hard work and the dedication of your supervisor, who has helped you in being a better worker while still having a personal life. Does this describe your boss -- someone who has your best interests at heart?
A 2008 Yahoo survey, found 43% of Americans don't like their boss's management styles, while 55% agree that "people don't leave companies, they leave managers." Fast Company's blog weighs in on National Boss Day and says 32% of employees say they defy orders from their bosses.
But another survey found a more uplifting trend. Even with all the bellyaching workers do, an Adecco survey found that the vast majority (65 percent) of American workers think their boss looks out for them and their career goals. More American workers (29%) would call their boss a “friend” as compared to other categorizations including mentor, confidant, parent figure, enemy or rival.
ONLY one-third (31%) of American workers would take their boss's job if offered to them right now. As Kenny notes: It takes real leadership on the part of bosses to maintain morale during these turbulent times.
Do you want your boss's job? Is your boss a jerk that makes you want to hurl? Is he/she your ally who acknowledges that wants you to succeed and wants you have a life outside the office? Is he/she worthy of a gift, a card, a show of gratitude -- or is this holiday ridiculous?
"More employees are beginning to view their bosses as allies (or friends), rather than mere paycheck providers, which is a win-win for both workers and employers alike," says Bernadette Kenny, chief career officer for Adecco USA.
Do you view your boss as an ally? These days, I must admit that I do. But I sure wouldn't want my boss's job. Which leads us to the next survey finding....