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    Complaining About Bad Bosses Is a Big Time Drain

    Posted: 10/4/2005 3:49:27 PM

    Toronto, ON (PRWEB) September 8, 2005 -- Based on a recent survey sponsored by Development Dimensions International (, the majority of employees spend 10 hours or more a month complaining about or listening to others complain about bad bosses, while nearly one third spend 20 or more hours.

    "Organizations are losing hundreds of hours of productivity a month because of bad relationships between the boss and their teams," said Rich Wellins, Senior Vice President, DDI. "Companies need to make better decisions about who they advance to leadership roles. And they need to realize that leaders need continual development in crucial skills like coaching, building teams, and engaging employees to avoid this type of negative feeling."

    Specifically, when asked about time spend complaining about or listening to others complain about bad bosses in an average month, of the 587 people who completed's survey: 32 percent spend twenty or more hours; 28 percent spend ten hours; 30 percent spend three hours; and 12 percent spend thirty minutes.

    A follow-up survey question, also sponsored by Development Dimensions International - a global human resource consulting firm - asks, "Have you done any of the following to get revenge on a bad boss?" This question's four potential answers along with results to date are available at:

    Difficult bosses are a big problem in Corporate America. Other surveys indicate that approximately 40 percent of employees have had to deal with a bad boss. 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 ( . 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,, 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

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