According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, bosses in the western U.S. were graded higher on average than their counterparts in other parts of the country.
Most employees (62 percent) grade their bosses’ performance as either an “A” or “B.” Western-based bosses were graded higher on average: 32 percent gave their bosses an “A” and 35 percent gave a grade of “B.” Workers in the Northeast were more critical — 23 percent graded their boss with an “A” and 34 percent said their boss deserved a “B.”
A hands-off approach was considered a factor in the West taking the lead. “We are starting to see a slight shift of favor towards management styles that are seen as a little more hands-off, which employees view as trust from their bosses,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder.
Thirty percent of workers in the West say they interact with their boss only once per week or less in person. This is three percentage points higher than the South (27 percent), seven percentage points higher than the Midwest (23 percent) and six percentage points higher than the Northeast (24 percent).
But guidance and feedback are not sacrificed, even with less daily supervision. 69 percent of employees in the West feel their bosses provide guidance and feedback compared with 59 percent in the Northeast. Moreover, workers in the West are less critical of their managers with only 23 percent of workers believing that their boss should not be in a leadership role — ten percent less than the 33 percent who feel that way in the Northeast.
One thing is for certain: bad management can cause an employee to leave your company. Nearly two in five workers have left a job due to their manager.
Many complain that their boss has asked them to do things that are clearly not job related.
Employees complained about the following unusual requests from their boss:
- Get a dead raccoon out of his truck
- Shave his back
- Breakup with his girlfriend for him
- Taste a dog treat
- Help cut her out of her pants
- Take his cell phone to get serviced after he dropped it in the toilet
- Help organize her high school reunion
- Feed the birds in his backyard
Negative repercussions from poor management can land your company in hot water. The best defense is an ongoing proactive approach that includes management training and well articulated personnel policies and practices that are consistent with California and federal laws, as well as management best practices.