Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, how does your boss being away affect your work? If you are a boss to some employees, how do you perceive their work productivity when you are out?
Thirty-five percent of responding readers are “the boss” for a group of employees in their company, while 65% are not.
Forty-two percent of respondents said when their boss is out of the office, their productivity is not affected. More than one-third (33.8%) indicated they get more work done, 21.6% said it could go either way and 2.7% reported they get less work done.
Among the bosses responding, half reported that employee productivity is not affected when they are out, and nearly three in ten (28.6%) said it could go either way. Nearly 18% think their employees get less work done when they are out, and 3.6% said more work gets done.
Most respondents who chose to leave comments explained that they have more meetings and requests when the boss is in, so they get more done when the boss is away, and quite a few said they work just as hard either way. One respondent offered this logic for the survey results: “Falls into two camps – those who believe they have a ‘job’ and those who have a ‘career’. People with a ‘job’ take advantage; people with a ‘career ‘are not impacted.” Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “I wish my work disappeared as often as my boss!”Thanks to everyone who responded to our survey!
work just as hard.
team, myself included all work remotely and so productivity is not affected. My
manager is in London while I am in Seattle, and for my team it is a similar
arrangement. Unfortunately I have not had a holiday where i have not been
online at least some time every day, so monitoring productivity is not
the boss is away, I have less meetings to attend and the department seems
quieter. I am able to spend more time in my office getting work done.
get more done because I have fewer interruptions and last minute demands from
boss likes lots of meetings so I never have time to get work done when she is
here. Also, most of the meetings generate a lot of new work.
much more relaxed when he's out of the building.
are times when my boss sends many requests either in meetings or analysis that
require reprioritizing my day(s). If she is gone, I may have time to work on
projects on hold, but timing may be such that I have no capacity to recapture
the time in her absence.
is more! Less interruptions, less "other duties as assigned."
only noticeable change is that the stress level goes down, as does my blood
only have 7 employees. When the boss is gone, the office is so much quieter (no
client appointments, etc) and we can focus on one this at a time! Imagine that
- one thing! 🙂
of the employees in my office work for a different manager than I do. When
their manager is away she reminds them that she is watching them on the
security cameras via the internet.
call those days "in-house vacation days!"
always want to surprise and encourage him with how much I accomplished while he
into two camps - those who believe they have a "job" and those who
have a "career". People with a "job" take advantage; people
with a "career" are not impacted
get more done without the boss because I'm not interrupted all the time.
woman to whom I report is very "hands off" in her approach. The
allowance for a great deal of independence is one reason I like my job so much.
checked "It can go either way", not because of the effect of my boss'
absence relating to my job. Instead the problem is her boss because he doesn't
have her taking care of his business. Suddenly everything is a crisis for us
and our fault if he might look bad. We know she needs a vacation but we sure
are glad to welcome her back!
boss is not a "hoverer", so productivity does not depend on him.
only thing that changes is that I am more likely to work from home which is
hugely motivating to me as I save time/energy/money.
of the time, I get more work done when she's not here. However, sometimes she
asks me to do a bunch of things for her or she sends me a lot of emails which
keep me from doing my work.
the boss is away, others feel free to contribute ideas and much more is
accomplished. I get double the work done when my boss is away and there's no
political emails to respond to.
boss is in another state and she travels to all the other plants - almost
continuously. I think she's been to my plant once in the year and a half that
she's been my boss.
prefer when my boss is not here - seems less stressful.
the boss is gone, I can get more of what I planned done because of less interruptions
by the boss. However, since I'm the go-to person when the boss is gone, some of
those days have more interruptions!
depends on how much of his work I have to cover!
manager wastes a lot of my time asking for things that she then puts aside
until she forgets about them. When she's out, I can focus on things that really
need to be done.
my boss is out we can relax and just do our job and not worry about all the
Lean Six Sigma crap that just takes us away from our clients.
try to work from home when my boss is out and put in face time when she is in.
Sometimes she will ask me to come into her office via instant message when I'm
telecommuting. We're a mobile environment and I work across geographies, but I
do not share a client with my boss.
boss isn't even located in the same building as me. In fact, she's located
across the state. So her being in or not doesn't affect me in any way. I pretty
much operate on my own all the time.
there are fewer meetings so I get more done. A day with no meetings is
a little less intense, but we work hard whether boss is in or not.
a professional, but I like to relax too - I admit - I may write a letter to a
friend or an extended coffee break
boss is on the floor above me, but we can go days, even weeks without seeing
each other. I'm type (triple) A so if my boss is out of the office it has no
effect at all on my productivity. In fact, she generates less than 1% of my
wish my work disappeared as often as my boss!
meetings "for meeting's sake" disappear, useless reporting tasks
plummet and there's a return to sanity from the "I need it yesterday"
priority that pervades every deadline he sets.
I FIND THAT WHEN I AM OUT, PEOPLE DO NOT PRODUCE AS NEEDED AND TEND TO LEAVE EARLY
NOTE: Responses reflect the opinions of individual readers and not necessarily the stance of Asset International or its affiliates.
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