Your Feedback: You Love Work, But Hate Your Boss

Last Updated Apr 1, 2010 6:04 AM EDT

A lot of readers have commented on BNET UK stories recently and we wanted to celebrate (and encourage) this by giving you a round-up of the stories that drew the strongest reactions.

Our more countrified readers will already know that March is traditionally the lambing month -â€" 'in like a lion and out like a lamb', as the saying goes.

The UK government is also considering the tribulations of procreation by granting new dads more leave from work. But seems most men aren't too keen to take this extra holiday-time up.
Readers suggest it may be fear of being left behind or just that men aren't wanted around by doting mums, grandmas and aunties.

It seems Brits can't stay away from work, even when they're not being paid. The compulsion to indulge in extreme overtime is being taken advantage of by bosses hungry for better productivity, especially in the public sector, our readers said.

Maybe it's because we don't really like talking to our bosses -â€" even to ask a question relevant to their work -â€" that we carry on when we should go home. We are so afraid of appearing incompetent it appears, we'd rather get the answers elsewhere. Bob Wileman commented that everyone can learn something from their boss. They're quite cuddly really.

What we need is to take the long view, as Stuart Cross advises. Too often we are rushing around trying to fight fires when the big problems are being left unsolved. Ianlever advises good time management is the key and not being tempted to lurch for those quick wins.

It's quick wins that got Ernst & Young in hot water when it was advising Lehmans. As a result, the bank's creditors are asking the auditor for their money back. Could this hasten the break-up of the big four accountancy firms? Is that a bad thing? RHM@ says no: "The world is not short of accountants, so perhaps a real, fundamental shake up to create new, effective groupings might be in order."

Reputation is all for big blue chip companies, but some business leaders are prepared to risk it to prevail. BA CEO Willie Walsh has the company's image as customer service supremo at stake in the current dispute with cabin crew. Peterahunter argues that even if he wins the dispute, he will have lost the place BA customers have for the company in their hearts.

Employment minister Lord Young, on the other hand, is looking to be hailed as the most-loved peer ever, as he champions engagement, both in government and business. He likes to think his staff are engaged, though our readers aren't so sure the public sector is the paragon of good manager/employee relations he thinks it is. 2Belmont is scathing of public sector employee culture: "From my experience of meeting UK public sector employees, they don't feel 'engaged' and are more likely to ooze negativity about knee-jerk government/ministerial initiatives and lack of long-term follow-through."

And so, as we close the month, it's politics that continues to dominate. The Budget delivered by Alistair Darling had much in it that concerned business. Amazingly, BNET UK readers seemed to approve, although some of them wanted more to stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation.

The real losers from the Budget, though, were cider makers and those running the good old British boozer. They are disappearing at a furious rate. There was some debate amongst readers about what is actually killing the local rub-a-dub, but many pointed a nicotine stained finger at the smoking ban. As Dennis Leary said, there's still no cure for cancer, especially the one that's ravaging our pubs industry.

With all this debate on the demise of the pub trade, I feel like a stiff drink. Some readers may agree with me, but there's some contention on where they are going to get hold of their favourite tipple, now that M&S has decided to stock favourite brands like Gordons gin. One reader with inside knowledge commented that the middle-England brand-leader has no choice if it wants to keep customers in stores.

So, no more swilling generic M&S G&T before we tuck into our ready-meal vindaloo.

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