Entries in Bosses (4)


More Bosses Are Taking Vacations than Employees

Steve Mason/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The recession may have forced many Americans to forget about taking an annual vacation, but a new survey finds more bosses than workers are still finding time to get away.

A survey commissioned by finds 81 percent of managers have or plan to take vacation this year, compared to 65 percent of full-time employees.

Additional findings from the survey:

-- 17 percent of workers took or planned to take a vacation for 10 days or more.  That’s down from 24 percent in 2007.

-- 30 percent of workers contact work during their vacation.

-- 37 percent of managers say they expect their employees to contact work while on vacation, although a majority say that’s only if a worker is involved in a big project or there’s a major issue going on within the company.

-- 15 percent of workers say they gave up vacation days last year because they didn’t have time to use them.

-- "Stay-cations" are still popular.  Thirty-eight percent of workers stayed home or are planning to stay home this year.

-- 23 percent of workers say they once had to work while their family went away on vacation without them.

-- 19 percent of workers say they can’t afford to go on vacation this year, down from 24 percent in 2011.

-- 12 percent of respondents say they can afford vacations, but have no plans to take one.  That percentage is consistent with previous years.

The survey of 2,303 hiring managers and 5,772 workers was conducted online by Harris Interactive.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Do You Know What Your Company’s CEO Looks Like?

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In what is probably good news for the producers of the CBS reality series Undercover Boss, which features CEOs donning disguises to work alongside lower-level employees, a new survey reveals many workers have never met their top boss, and a large number don’t even know what their chief executive looks like.

A survey commissioned by shows 40 percent of American workers have never met their company’s head honcho, and 20 percent don’t know what their top boss looks like.

A majority of workers in IT, financial services and retail say they have not met their company’s chief executive.

Workers in the Midwest and South are most likely to not know what their CEO looks like.

The survey also finds that more than two-thirds of American workers don’t know how much their company generates in revenue each year.

The survey of 7,780 workers was conducted by Harris Interactive.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Bosses Don’t Listen, Study Finds

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study seems to confirm what some disgruntled employees have long suspected: bosses don’t listen.

The study, in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, claims that the more power an individual has in the workplace, the less likely they are to take advice from others. And on top of not listening, these inflated decision-makers are often wrong in their decisions.

“There’s a tendency for power to make you confident, which is a good thing because we want our leaders to be confident, but there’s a dark side to that confidence,” said Elizabeth Morrison, one of the study’s authors and a professor of management and organizations at New York University.  ”You can be overconfident and less open to input from others.”

The researchers collected data from over 200 managers as well as their coworkers. In addition to the real-life bosses, experiments were conducted where students were assigned different levels of power and asked to make various decisions.

Those in higher positions of power had the tendency to make decisions on their own without seeking or taking input from others.

Morrison said that the researchers were surprised to find that people in higher positions of power felt an overall confidence that lead them to make decisions on their own both in areas where they were experts and in areas that were not part of their expertise, simply because they were powerful.

The researchers noted that the decision-maker and his or her underlings see things differently. Often times, the employees in positions of greater power had “internalized role expectations” that powerful people are supposed to be confident in their decisions and that taking advice from others is a sign of weakness.

However, employees working under these decision-makers believed that bosses who take advice and input are better leaders.

The managers who made the decisions on their own were found to be the least accurate. Their overconfidence and inflated sense of their own judgment often led them to the wrong decisions.

The experiments also found that women were more likely to take advice than men.

Morrison believes that the study has real-life implications for the workplace. “If you feel you have the answer, recognize that there may be a tendency to be off in that judgment and force yourself to listen to other people,” she said.

The study was titled “The Detrimental Effects of Power on Confidence, Advice Taking, and Accuracy” and conducted by Morrison, Kelly See, Naomi Rothman of Lehigh University and Jack Soll of Duke University. It will be published in November.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Many Employees Admit Working for an 'Unreasonable Boss'

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Many Americans can relate to working for a less than ideal manager, according to a new survey by the staffing company OfficeTeam.

In surveying 441 workers aged 18 and older, the company found that nearly half of them -- 46 percent -- have worked for an unreasonable boss.

The survey also found that when employees who have had an unreasonable boss were asked how they responded to the situation, 35 percent said they stayed in the job and tried to deal with the issue.  Twenty-seven percent said they quit after lining up another job, while 24 percent stayed put and bore it.

Futhermore, 11 percent of respondents said they quit immediately without having another job lined up, while 3 percent didn’t answer.

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