Employees want to swap their boss

23-08-2006

Nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of employees in the UK think that they could do their boss's job better than their boss, a new survey reveals.

The research from Investors in People found that 31 per cent of employees would swap their manager if they could, with 25 per cent of men and 18 per cent of women confident that they would make better bosses.

When asked which qualities they rated highly in a manager, respondents ranked good communication skills as the most important, followed by honesty.

However, 32 per cent of workers said that their boss was not good at communicating with them, while 19 per cent said that they thought that their manager had at some point claimed credit for their work.

"The fact that almost a third of employees would like a new manager should make bosses sit up and take notice," said chief executive of Investors in People, Ruth Spellman.

"With good communication ranked the most important quality of a good boss, managers need to focus their efforts on setting clear tasks and targets for their staff, and linking an employee's role to the organisation's overall mission."

The most popular type of manager was found to one who delegates (43 per cent), followed by one who is firm but fair (24 per cent), then one who looks after the careers of their staff (11 per cent).



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