Menlo Park, Calif. — July 5
Nearly half (46 percent) of employees surveyed by OfficeTeam said they have worked for an unreasonable manager. Among those who have been beleaguered by challenging supervisors, most (59 percent) stayed in their jobs and either tried to address the situation or resolved to live with it.
The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a staffing service specializing in the placement of administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 441 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment.
Workers were asked, "Have you ever worked for an unreasonable boss?" Forty-six percent said yes, while 54 percent said they had not.
Workers who have had an unreasonable boss also were asked, "How did you respond?" Their responses:
Stayed put but tried to deal with the issue (35 percent)
Quit my job eventually once I had another job lined up (27 percent)
Stayed put and suffered through the torment (24 percent)
Quit my job immediately without having another job lined up (11 percent)
Don't know/no answer (3 percent)
"Bad bosses aren't necessarily bad people, but they certainly can make work challenging for those who report to them," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Often, individuals are promoted because they excel in a given job, but that doesn't mean they have the skills to be effective leaders."
Added Hosking, "Friction between supervisors and employees can stem from differing work styles. It's not possible to control your boss's actions, but you can change how you respond to them."