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Employees Reveal Why They Hate Their Bosses

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Hate your boss?  New research shows you're not alone.

A study by talent management expert DDI revealed that one in three employees don't consider their boss to be doing an effective job, while nearly half of workers think they could do their boss's job better than them.

Conducted as a way to determine what today's leaders are doing right and what they are doing wrong, the research also found that fewer than 40 percent of employees are motivated by their supervisor to give their best effort.

Much of the dissatisfaction stems from supervisors' unwillingness to listen to their employees. Thirty-five percent of the surveyed workers said their boss never, or only sometimes, listens to their work-related concerns.

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Additionally, only 54 percent of supervisors involve employees in making decisions that affect their work.

The study also shows too many leaders aren't delivering on the basic requirements – courtesy, respect, honesty and tact in their interactions – of a healthy manager/employee relationship.

Sixty percent of those surveyed reported their boss has damaged their self-esteem, while nearly one-third of employees said their supervisor doesn't remain calm and constructive when discussing problems.

The lack of faith in their boss is forcing many to consider other employment. Nearly 40 percent of those surveyed said they left a job primarily because of their leader, while more than half said their negative perception of a boss had them contemplating finding a new employer.

There are areas, however, where supervisors scored high marks. The research shows 74 percent of workers understand their boss's expectations of them, while 66 percent said their manager provides the support they need.

The research was based on surveys of more than 1,200 full-time employees from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India and southeast Asia.

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who spent 10 years working as a newspaper reporter before working in public relations. You can reach him at chadgbrooks@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @cbrooks76.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.