The saying, a�?You dona��t leave your company, you leave your manager,a�? couldna��t be truer. The good news is that you can become a better manager if you are willing to be self-reflective and open to feedback.
With two in every three UK workers experiencing a bad boss, Glassdoor, one of the worlda��s largest job sites, wanted to identify exactly what irritates UK employees the most.
What Makes a Bad Boss?
On Glassdoor, the average rating for Senior Management stands at 3.0/5.0, whereas the average rating for Overall Company Satisfaction is higher at 3.3/5. This suggests that UK employees are generally happier with their companies than the management they work under.
When given a series of options in the survey, the most common issue with management was a�?disrespectfula�? behavior (43 percent), which could be anything from ignoring employees to taking credit for other peoplea��s work, followed by 34 percent claiming their manager had a a�?negative attitudea�?. Over seven percent were offended by a�?sexist commentsa�? made on a regular basis and just over four percent of the workforce claim to have bosses with bad a�?body odora�?.
General ignorance can still be a serious workplace issue: four percent claim to have experienced a�?racist commentsa�? and ten percent say a�?inappropriate humora�? caused them offense. When broken down by gender, 40 percent of female employees felt their bosses were a�?disrespectfula�?, nearly one in ten (nine percent) said they bore the brunt of a�?sexist commentsa�? and 23 percent of women didna��t like the fact that their bosses were a�?lazya�?.
When asked the question a�?how would you typically react to an annoying boss?a�?, the largest proportion (40 percent) said they would try and a�?ignorea�? them, but 18 percent claim they would a�?gossip about them to other colleaguesa�?. Only 12 percent of UK employees would actually confront the situation, making it clear to their line manager that this behavior was a�?annoying and needed to stopa�?.
A small five percent would proactively a�?try and get them fireda�?, with 15 percent opting for the more conventional route of going over their head and a�?talking to their bossa�?. Upon breaking down this particular segment by gender, 22 percent of female employees would a�?gossip about them to colleaguesa�?, opposed to 16 percent of males. However, more men (17 percent) would go a�?over their heada�? and complain, opposed to just 13 percent of women.
In terms of actions taken by UK employees as a consequence of a leadera��s behaviour, 41 percent of the UK workforce said they a�?hadna��t gone into work because of a terrible bossa�? (46 percent women opposed to 34 percent men), 21 percent have actually resigned and 20 percent have been forced to take sick leave as a consequence. Just over two percent of employees said they had a�?gone AWOLa�? and simply left work without telling anyone. More men (five percent) felt the need to talk about their issues and a�?call a helplinea�? versus just four percent of women.
Moving within the company to get away from a terrible boss was more common for women, with 15 percent saying they a�?asked for a transfera�? opposed to 13 percent of men feeling this was the best route.