Favorite-Playing Bosses a Top Concern for Workers

March 28, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Fifty-nine percent of those in a recent CareerBuilder poll indicated their boss was doing a good or great job.

A news release said 20% described their direct supervisor’s performance as poor or very poor.

The top concerns workers have with their boss include:

  • Plays favorites – 23%
  • Doesn’t follow through on what he/she promises – 21%
  • Doesn’t listen to concerns – 21%
  • Doesn’t provide regular feedback – 20%
  • Doesn’t motivate me – 17%
  • Only provides negative feedback – 14%


When it comes to rating the performance of their corporate leaders, 50% said their leadership teams were doing a good or great job while 23% described their performance as poor or very poor. Corporate leaders received a poor rating from workers primarily due to insufficient communication, unrealistic workloads, and a lack of training and employee development:

  • Doesn’t make an effort to listen to employees or address employee morale – 40%
  • Not enough transparency, doesn’t communicate openly and honestly – 33%
  • Major changes are made without warning – 30%
  • Workloads and productivity demands are unreasonable – 2 %
  • Doesn’t motivate me – 21%
  • Stopped investing in the development of employees – 20%


This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 2,482 U.S. employers and 3,910 U.S. employees (employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government) ages 18 and over between November 15 and December 2, 2010.