Does Your Staff Consider You a Boss or a Buddy?
For CIOs and other managers, it’s all about balance when developing top-down friendships in the workplace—and here’s what some workers think of their bosses.
74% of surveyed employees describe their relationship with their boss as “excellent” or “good.”
80% feel comfortable being honest with their boss about critical workplace issues, and 79% said their boss is completely honest with them when discussing these topics.
51% do not consider their boss as a friend—despite the solid standing of the relationship. More than two out of five said the relationship is exclusively professional.
82% socialize with their boss during work hours or at company-related events.
Only 46% hang out with their boss outside of the office.
Just 18% are connected with their boss via their personal social media channels.
60% believe that employees who are friends with their boss receive special treatment in the workplace.
56% believe that colleagues who are close to the boss receive more frequent personal attention, and 52% said these co-workers benefit by having greater schedule flexibility.
53% of men consider their boss a friend, compared to 45% of women who do.
50% of men will socialize with their boss outside the office, while just 43% of women will.