Last Updated Jul 11, 2011 3:50 PM EDT
Hochwarter surveyed 400 mid-level employees in a variety of industries to get a bead on the state of boss-dom today. He found:
- Bosses who put themselves first. 42% said their bosses were more concerned with saving their own skins than they were with enabling their employees to be productive. And 29% of employees said they believed their boss would 'throw them under the bus' if that's what was required for the boss to keep his or her own job.
- Bosses who don't keep their word. 42% of workers said that during the past year, their boss had failed to follow through on a promise he or she had made to them. More than 25% said this had happened to them at least five times in the past year!
- Bosses who are duplicitous. A third of workers said their boss is 'two-faced,' saying nice things to them in person but then saying negative things about them behind their back.
- Employees who run for cover. Two-in-five of the survey respondents said they would not acknowledge their boss if they ran into him or her on the street.
- Bosses who lie. Almost a quarter of workers--24%--said they had caught their boss in a lie but never received any explanation or apology.
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