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%).