Less than half of employees report a satisfying relationship with their boss.
The bum economy is bad for relationships between U.S. workers and their bosses, according to a survey from Spherion Staffing Services. The trust factor is one casualty as acrimony grows between the cubicles and the corner offices. Stealing credit for worker accomplishments is perceived as a common problem, and bosses do little to support career development, employees say; some managers are known for sacrificing staffers to save their own positions. "At a time when workers arguably need added support and guidance to offset uncertainties that come with a shaky economy, many bosses simply aren't stepping up to the plate," says Loretta Penn, president of Spherion. "With nearly all aspects of the labor market and workplace on shaky ground, companies cannot afford to employ unengaged workers or to log increased turnover costs – two very likely outcomes if workers remain dissatisfied and discouraged with their bosses." More than 230 U.S. workers took part in the survey, which was conducted by Monster Worldwide on behalf of Spherion.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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