10 Bizarre Requests From Bosses

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-30-2014 Email

A new survey from CareerBuilder brings good news for CIOs and other managers: Most employees are satisfied with their supervisor's performance, as more than six in 10 workers would give their bosses an "A" or "B" grade. But about one in seven would assign a "D" or "F," findings show. There appears to be a correlation between communication styles and the grades, given that nearly one-third of staffers who interact several times a day in person with their boss assign them an "A," compared to just 17 percent of workers who give an "A" when interacting with their boss once a day or less. "Managers who interact frequently and communicate directly are more likely to have the support of their employees," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "The ideal form of that communication will vary from individual to individual, but everyone's jobs get done better when expectations and roles are clearly defined. The best managers understand the triggers for their workers' success and are able to course correct when productivity drops or conflict arises." Interestingly enough, 22 percent of employees say their current boss asks them to do things unrelated to their jobs, and just over one-half of those workers give their bosses a grade of "C" or worse. To add some levity to the topic, we're including some of the more outrageous examples of those requests here. More than 3,020 U.S. workers took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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