Millions of British workers reckon they could do a better job than their boss
Millions of British workers reckon they could do a better job than their boss, a study has found.
Researchers found 44 per cent of disgruntled employees think they could be more effective than their current line manager if given the opportunity.
Two in five believe they could improve communication channels with other members of staff, and one third would take efforts to organise the workforce so tasks were distributed more equally.
A vengeful 20 per cent even admitted they would use their newfound clout to lay off inefficient members of staff.
“A poor working relationship with your boss can have a rippling effect throughout other aspects of your life, so when things go awry it is easy to fantasise about a situation where you could take the power back and right workplace wrongs.
“Of course, there are better ways than others to vent this frustration, and spraying ‘Up yours, I quit’ on the boss’s car, like we did for a recent stunt, is probably down there with some of the least constructive methods or conflict resolution.”
The poll of 2,000 workers also found one in four are unsatisfied with how ‘The Big Man’ runs the operation while 13 per cent went as far as to say their boss is dangerously incompetent at their job.
Almost one in five think management works them too hard, and 17 per cent accused their boss of delegating too much of their own work out instead of doing it themselves.
One in ten Brits say their boss takes a ‘hands-off’ approach to their duties, while 12 per cent think their boss’s managerial style is hectic and ‘scattershot’.
It also emerged that 28 per cent have felt resentment towards their boss, most commonly stemming from an unfair punishment, while one in four hate their boss for making them work over their contracted hours.
A peeved 11 per cent have had holiday requests denied by their manager and one in ten has caused their boss to lose their temper.
As a result, one in ten workers confessed to quietly scheming to undermine the management in some way, while 41 per cent have stood up to their boss amid a difference of opinion.
But 22 per cent of those would prefer to make their exit more abrupt, standing from their workstation and simply walking out on their responsibilities.
Some of the dislike is due to jealousy though with two in five employees admitting they are envious of their boss’s pay, while nine per cent crave the respect their manager commands.
The study also found one third of employees have left a job in the past as a direct result of their poor relationship with their boss, and 14 per cent are currently looking for a new position to escape their manager.
Multilotto recently sprayed a crude resignation note on the side of a white Mercedes in Leeds.
Mr Clarke added: “In our recent stunt we imagined an artistic way for someone to let their boss know they won’t be working their notice.
“We hope most employee-boss issues can be resolved through a call to HR, a cup of tea and an apology. But for when they can’t, there’s always spray paint.”
Article By Grant Bailey