Bad Boss May Lead to Workplace Adios

March 31, 2004 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A full third of employees are not particularly impressed with their boss, which translates to a generally negative view on the job market.

Of the 33% of workers that rate their boss as “fair” or “poor” over half (56%) are looking for another job. By comparison, only 22% of those who rate their bosses as excellent are looking for a new job, according to the Hudson Employment Index released by professional staffing, outsourcing and human capital solution provider Hudson Global Resources.

“Hudson’s research reinforces the adage that people don’t leave bad companies, they leave bad managers,” Jeff Anderson, Senior Vice President of Hudson Global Resources said in a news release. “Workers who rate their bosses less positively are less likely to have fun at work, enjoy day-to-day tasks and see opportunities for advancement within their current organization.”

Influencing the numbers may be a company’s hiring plans. Nearly three out of 10 (29%) workers that rated their bosses “fair” or “poor” said they were worried about losing their jobs. However, i n hiring companies, 71% of employees rated their supervisors as good or excellent, compared with companies that are laying people off, where just half gave high marks to their bosses.

For the most part though, employees polled this month remained positive regarding hiring plans and job loss indicators, with March seeing the highest percentage all year of respondents indicating their employers had plans to add workers (33%). The number of individuals who believe that their employers plan to lay off workers decreased slightly, as did the percentage of respondents worried about losing their job.

Additionally, t he number of respondents indicating they are looking for a job has stayed relatively consistent this year, coming in at 29% this month. The percentage of those who would be somewhat or very likely to entertain another job if offered increased to 60%, from 55% in February. In the latest reading of the Index, March’s value held relatively steady at 106.8, compared to a value of 106.9 last month. The Index, released in January began with a baseline of 100.

The Hudson Employment Index measures employee attitudes on critical work issues, including career opportunities, job satisfaction and workplace performance. The monthly Index is compiled by Rasmussen Reports, LLC, based upon telephone interviews and survey responses from approximately 9,000 U.S.

Next month’s Hudson Employment Index will be released on May 5, 2004.For more information, go to www.Hudson-Index.com .

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