Benefits

Employees Believe Managers Set Good Example

By Kevin McGuinness editors@plansponsor.com | October 15, 2013
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October 15, 2013 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – A new survey shows that the majority of U.S. workers believe their managers set a good example for behavior in the workplace.

The 2013 Kronos Boss’s Day Survey found that 69% of employees who have managers believe that their managers set a good example in the way they behave, agreeing they possess qualities such as being ethical, honest, collaborative, creative, empowering, innovative, dedicated and trustworthy. Almost all employees (92%) who believe this to be true, also believe their managers adhere to such values on a regular basis.

“The results of this survey shatter the stereotype of the clownish boss made popular by countless sitcoms and movies,” said David Creelman, CEO of Creelman Research. “An overwhelming majority of employees are actually saying quite the opposite. They believe their managers set a good example with their behavior and adhere to values that are important in a healthy corporate culture.”

The survey was done in connection with the occurrence of Boss’s Day—when employees thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year—which is celebrated on October 16. In addition to the United States, surveys were also conducted in India and Australia. Results showed that employees agreed that good managers are honest (78%, 76% and 66% in the U.S., Australia, and India) and goal-oriented (44%, 37% and 63%, respectively).

India and Australia also selected thoughtful (41% and 37%, respectively) as their third in the top three important attributes for a manager to have. Australia and U.S. also selected being direct (37% and 39%) as additional characteristics of a good manager. The U.S. was the only country to indicate that compassion (40%) fell within their top-three choices as important attributes for good management.

Other findings showed that Indian employees with managers are more irritated by corporate jargon (95%) than their Australian (83%) and American (76%) counterparts. American employees were noted as disliking boss-related phrases such as “Think outside the box” (25%), “I don’t care how, just get it done” (24%) and “It’s on my radar” (19%).