Workers Offer Advice to New Bosses: Ask Employees What They Think
Posted: 10/4/2005 3:43:39 PM
Toronto, ON (PRWEB)—June 6, 2005 - Employees want to know their opinion matters to their boss, according to a recent Badbossology.com survey sponsored by Development Dimensions International (http://www.ddiworld.com).
In fact, in survey of 500 global employees, the majority responded that if they had the chance to walk in the shoes of their boss, the first order of business would be to ask employees what they should change.
"This response demonstrates that people want to contribute to workplace transitions, especially when there is a new boss in place," said Rich Wellins, Senior Vice President, DDI.
Specifically, when asked what’s the first thing they would do if they switched roles with their boss tomorrow, of the 584 people who completed Badbossology.com's survey: 34% would ask their employees what they would like to change; 12% would replace at least one employee; 20% would reorganize the department and/or reassign responsibilities; and 32% would meet with their boss to clarify expectations.
A follow-up survey question, also sponsored by DDI, asks what the most important characteristic of a boss is. This question's four potential answers along with results to date are available at: http://www.badbossology.com.
Difficult bosses are a big problem in Corporate America. Other surveys indicate that approximately 40% of employees have had to deal with a bad boss, and a Gallup Organization study of over 1,000,000 employees found that if a company is losing good people, more than any other single reason, the cause is their immediate supervisor: Gallup also found poorly managed workgroups are an average of 50% less productive and 44% less profitable than well managed groups.
Badbossology.com itself is designed to protect both people and companies from bad bosses, and all of its content and services are available without any fees. It provides continually updated material in an intuitive, blog-style user interface. It takes a responsible balanced approach, devoid of ranting and 'Boss from Hell' stories, and also provides key resources for bosses, executives and board members (http://www.badbossology.com/c68). A "Vault" or secure repository is provided so visitors can bookmark items along with personal notes for fast reference. And material is drawn from sources such as The Chicago Tribune, CNNMoney.com, Fast Company and The Harvard Business School.
About DDI: Since 1970, Development Dimensions International, a global human resource consulting firm specializing in leadership and selection, has worked with some of the world's most successful organizations. With more than 1,000 associates in 75 offices in 26 countries around the world and headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa., DDI advises businesses of all sizes-including half of the Fortune 500-on the selection, development and retention of their workforces and helping them realize business success. For more information go to http://www.ddiworld.com/aboutddi.
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