Are Bosses Stunting Workers' Careers? Credit: Career stop sign image via Shutterstock

Guess who's getting the blame for making employees unhappy? Yup, you guessed it. It's the boss.

A study by Glassdoor revealed that 20 percent of employees believe their bosses have had negative impacts on their careers. Among those, nearly 40 percent say their bosses have refused to give or delayed their next raise, while another 27 percent said their bosses have reduced or eliminated their work-life balance benefits.

Discouraging collaborative teamwork, preventing a promotion, hindering exposure to senior leadership and pushing for job cuts are among the other ways employees feel their supervisors are hurting their careers.

Amanda Lachapelle, Glassdoor's human resources director, offers several tips for bosses looking to have a better impact on their staff's careers. Those tips include:

  • One-on-one meetings: These sessions with each team member provide a time to step away from specific work tasks and look at the bigger picture. The meetings should be two-way conversations and should help managers gain insight into what each individual is looking for in terms of career growth. The conversations should also provide employees with a clearer picture of how their career paths fit into the business' bigger plan.
  • Set clear expectations on company perks and benefits: This should happen as soon as a candidate interviews with a company and must also be demonstrated from senior leaders on down. Should changes to perks be necessary, these adjustments should be communicated, including the reason for the change.
  • Have a "no surprises" work environment: All candidates who interview should have a clear picture of what the work environment will be like before they accept the job. If someone thrives in a highly collaborative work environment, but the company takes a different approach, that environment should be communicated early on. If direct managers want to mix things up to promote a better work environment, it's always best for them to communicate early on about coming change and why it is happening.
  • Learn about what motivates employees: A good manager will not be afraid to ask for constructive feedback. Direct managers are on the front lines and should frequently ask questions and read up on their employees' company reviews.

The study was based on surveys of more than 2,000 full- and part-time employees.

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