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Workers Would Rather Have a Better Boss Than a Salary Increase

Two-thirds of Americans are unhappy with their jobs, and they say it's because they don't get along with their bosses.

According to career expert Michelle McQuaid, it's costing companies $360 billion a year in lost productivity. McQuaid conducted a survey of more than 1,000 Americans and found that 65 percent of them said that a better boss would make them happier in their current jobs, and only 35 percent of those surveyed said that a pay raise would offer them the same happiness.

Here are some other interesting findings from McQuaid's survey:

  • 31 percent feel uninspired and unappreciated by their boss, and close to 15 percent feel downright miserable, bored and lonely.

  • Only 38 percent described their boss as “great”; 42 percent say that their bosses don’t work very hard and close to 20 percent say their boss has little or no integrity.

  • Nearly 60 percent say they would do a better job if they got along better with their boss.

  • Around 70 percent said they would be happier at work if they got along better with their boss, and the breakdown is equal between men and women, but younger workers in their 20s and 30s feel more strongly about this (80 percent).

  • 47 percent said their boss does not stay calm or in control when stress levels are high.

These findings support the latest research from Gallup, which found that trouble with an immediate manager is the No. 1 reason people leave their jobs.



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