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Oh, Snap! One Third of Your Employees Think They Can Do Your Job Better Than You Can

CareerBuilder released the results of its most recent employee-focused survey today, in which American workers revealed how they really feel about their bosses.

When asked to rate their bosses’ professional capabilities, nearly one-third (31 percent)  of the more than 4,400 workers surveyed said that they feel they can do their bosses’ jobs better than their bosses.

Not only that, but 60 percent of workers said they don’t feel that their bosses were capable of doing their (the workers’) jobs, either.

The Worker/Boss Relationship Status: It’s Complicated
In the survey, some workers cited a lack of focus on career development, feedback and support as the main reason they felt disconnected from their bosses. Here’s the breakdown:

  • 61 percent of workers said their bosses do not properly groom them to move up in the organization
  • 45 percent said their bosses do a poor job of providing regular and consistent feedback
  • 34 percent said their bosses could back them up better

On the upside, bosses earned higher marks from workers when it came to being open to different work arrangements, taking time to listen and providing resources:

  • 72 percent of workers said their bosses did a good job offering flexibility
  • 69 percent felt their bosses listened to their ideas and concerns
  • 68 percent said their bosses provided them with the resources needed to do their job effectively

So What Does It All Mean?
Despite the good news, these findings should be a wakeup call for employers to realize that they need to step up their efforts to provide support for their employees – especially considering that employees aren’t as afraid to quit their jobs as they previously were.

The simple solution? Communication, says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.  “The workforce has been through a lot during this recession, so it’s important for workers and bosses to maintain a strong and communicative relationship,” Haefner said in a statement for the press release.  “As many companies recover from the challenges of the last 18 months, both parties need to listen to each other and be flexible, with a common goal of moving the organization forward.”

Are You an Oprah or a Simon?
As a frame of reference, CareerBuilder also asked the survey participants to name the TV bosses who reminded them the most of their bosses….So, if you’ve ever fashioned yourself a bit of a MacGyver, chances are that your employees have, too – he was named among the top of the list, due to his capability under extreme circumstances.  (‘Course, MacGyver’s spastic knock-off, MacGruber, also made the top 10, so it could go either way. Sorry.)

Check out who else made the list – and let the speculation begin!

  • Jacob from “Lost” – Employees are never really sure where you are, what you want or what you have in store for them
  • Judge Judy from “Judge Judy” – You’re no-nonsense and fair when making decisions
  • MacGyver from “MacGyver” – You’re resourceful and can fix any situation
  • Jack Donaghy from “30 Rock” – You’re likeable and corporate, through and through
  • Oprah Winfrey from “Oprah” – You’re very influential and informative
  • Simon Cowell from “American Idol” – You’re judgmental and insulting
  • MacGruber from “Saturday Night Live” – You’re terrible with managing projects and deadlines, causing everything around you to blow up
  • Michael Scott from “The Office” – You’re bumbling and idiotic
  • Lesley Knope from “Parks and Recreation” – You believe your job is more important than it probably is
  • Donald Trump from “The Apprentice” – You’re demanding and powerful
Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.
5 comments
Dianne
Dianne

Good article! Being a boss isn't as glamorous as it seems. I echo the earlier sentiment that communication is key, along with a good mentor which could come in the form of a colleague or someone in senior management.

Dianne
Dianne

Good article! Being a boss isn't as glamorous as it seems. I echo the earlier sentiment that communication is key, along with a good mentor which could come in the form of a colleague or someone in senior management.

Tanya
Tanya

Oh my god I laughed so hard at this. For many reasons. I USED TO BE that employee and then I started my own company. It's amazing how actually trying to do your bosses' job can take you down a peg or two. Still...perception is reality and I heartily agree with the sentiment that communication is key to keeping the working relationship healthy and productive.

Tanya
Tanya

Oh my god I laughed so hard at this. For many reasons. I USED TO BE that employee and then I started my own company. It's amazing how actually trying to do your bosses' job can take you down a peg or two. Still...perception is reality and I heartily agree with the sentiment that communication is key to keeping the working relationship healthy and productive.

Tanya
Tanya

Oh my god I laughed so hard at this. For many reasons. I USED TO BE that employee and then I started my own company. It's amazing how actually trying to do your bosses' job can take you down a peg or two. Still...perception is reality and I heartily agree with the sentiment that communication is key to keeping the working relationship healthy and productive.

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