Man at His Best

Nearly Half Of Employees Consider Their Bosses Bad Managers

But the benefits of having a bad boss could be surprising...

BY Editors | May 1, 2017 | Culture

We've probably all had moments in the past when seeing eye-to-eye with a boss has been easier said than done, but a new study has revealed that the percentage of employees who actually have confidence in their manager is surprisingly low.

In fact, four out of five employees believe that they are managed by a bad boss, according to a research of over 2,000 workers by recruitment company Robert Half.

And while it may be a scary thought that so many people are unsatisfied with their leadership in the workplace, there is evidence to suggest that there could be a surprising upside to bad management.

Research published in the Work & Stress journal suggests that the emotional stress that is caused by feeling unsupported by senior staff members could lead to employees seeking out advice and support from others which in turn leads to 'enhanced happiness'.

Lead author on the paper told RealSimple.com: "Our findings suggest that the activities people engage in have a key role in building happiness from an internally stressful experience.

"According to our research, dealing with emotional exhaustion with an effective strategy and continued effort can lead to enhanced happiness."

Of course, there are more ways that a boss can be 'bad' aside from the lack of emotional support during stressful work times.

Phil Sheridan, senior managing director at Robert Half UK, said: "Concerns over the skills shortage, employee retention and workplace productivity, are all high on a business leaders' priority list today.

"Ensuring that all managers within your organisation are well trained to offer support and guidance to employees in the short and long-term can have a significant impact on employee happiness."

From: Esquire UK