Relationship with Boss Key to Work/Life Happiness

October 11, 2006 ( - Reminding us that National Boss Day is October 16, Adecco reports that its national survey found 56% of American workers said their relationship with their boss has a direct impact on work/life happiness.

According to an Adecco press release, the boss relationship impact on work/life happiness increases with the age. More than six in 10 (62%) baby boomers said bosses have a strong influence on their day-to-day lives, while more than half of generation Y workers said their relationship with their boss has no impact on their work/life happiness.

When asked if their relationship with the boss impacts productivity, 49% of respondents said yes and 48% said no, the release said. However, males were more likely to say the boss impacts productivity (52%) than females (44%).

More than half (54%) of respondents said the boss’ gender does not impact their performance. Twenty-six percent of those who did have a preference said they work better with a male boss, and 13% preferred a female boss.

“The relationship between a worker and his/her manager has very real implications on both employee satisfaction and performance,” said Ray Roe, president of Adecco North America, in the release. “It is important for both managers and employees to be cognizant of the different dynamics at play and actively work together towards building a stronger relationship. Doing so will not only increase work-life happiness, but also improve on-the-job efficiency and productivity.”

Survey results were based upon telephone interviews with 573 employed adults selected from a representative sample of 1,006 adults 18 years of age or older.