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Adecco Boss Day Survey Finds Majority of Workers Thankful Not To Be Walking in Their Boss’ Shoes

(MELVILLE, NY) October 15, 2009 – Adecco Group North America’s latest American Workplace Insights Survey finds most American workers happy not to be in charge this Boss Day which takes place on Friday, October 16th. In fact, the majority of workers (61%) would not take their boss’ job if offered, recognizing the increasingly challenging job American bosses are facing today due to heightened on-the-job pressures resulting from both economic and business turmoil.

As an additional sign of worker appreciation, an impressive majority (65%) would not change anything about their relationship with their bosses showing that strides have certainly been made in improving the manager-employee relationship.  However, that doesn’t mean that things are picture perfect. In fact, 53% of workers who have a boss sometimes question their boss’ honesty and a quarter of employees even go so far as to say that they do not trust that their boss has been dishonest about their job security.

The survey also focused on identifying any change in employee perception of bosses since the recession began. Here are some key findings:

  • Satisfaction still depends on boss/employee relationship: Almost all workers (89%) still think their relationship with their boss is more important or as important to their job satisfaction.

  • Accessibility unchanged: 87% of workers think their boss is just as accessible or more accessible as they were pre-recession
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  • Respect has only marginally increased: Only 14% of workers have more respect for what their boss does everyday since the recession began.

  • Performance reviews are still in place: 87% of workers think their boss has the same amount of or more focus on the performance review process as they did pre-recession.

“Good or bad economy, how employees feel about their work-life is very much dependent on their relationship with their boss,” said Bernadette Kenny, chief career officer, Adecco Group North America. “What we’re hearing from the thousands of American workers we partner with everyday is that the world of work is more challenging than ever before and constantly changing.  Increasingly difficult jobs require impactful managers who lead by example and create the best possible environment for their staff.”

Adecco Group North America offers the following tips for bosses looking to strengthen their relationship with their workers:

  • Encourage open dialogue: Start or continue an open forum with employees where they can bring issues to the table and have an honest discussion about their concerns.
  • Exhibit loyalty: Acts of loyalty may occur every day but many go unnoticed by employees. Learn to delicately communicate how loyal you are to key employees and how earning their trust is important. Earn employee trust by openly communicating both good and bad news and making every attempt not to surprise any employee.
  • Improve morale: Company morale goes hand-in-hand with motivation. Motivate staff through contests, rewards and recognition of top work. Also conduct team-building exercises with staff to build stronger working relationships around the office.
  • Communicate opportunities: Motivation also comes when an employee recognizes there are opportunities beyond their day-to-day job within a certain company. Be sure to communicate how the company can continue to help employees grow through special assignments, projects or learning opportunities.

If you’re an American worker looking to show your appreciation for a great boss, take a minute to visit www.americasbestboss.com and send your managers a free video thank you for all they do everyday.

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