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Unhappy at Work? Blame Your Boss

Bosses are leaving Americans unappreciated, uninspired, miserable, bored and lonely . / Credit: Blame the boss image via Shutterstock

Bosses hoping to bask in the warm gratitude of their employees on National Boss Day today may have to wait a while. A majority of American workers are unhappy in the workplace and say their bosses are largely to blame, according to a new survey.

And those hoped-for thank-yous from grateful employees? Most workers believe that their boss wouldn't care enough to bother — only 38 percent plan on thanking their bosses today, according to a survey of 1,000 workers across the country sponsored by Michelle McQuaid, an expert on workplace relationships and author of a new book, "5 Reasons to Tell Your Boss to Go F**K Themselves! How Positive Psychology Can Help You Get What You Want."

Only 38 percent of those polled described their boss as "great," while 42 percent said their bosses don't work very hard and close to 20 percent said their boss has little or no integrity.

Bosses are leaving Americans unappreciated and uninspired (31 percent) and downright miserable, bored and lonely (15 percent), McQuaid said.

Only 36 percent of employees are happy at their job, the survey found. And 65 percent believe a better boss would make them happier, while 35 percent say a bigger paycheck would.

Close to 60 percent of Americans said they would do a better job if they got along better with their boss, and more than half (55 percent) think they would be more successful, the survey found.

But slightly fewer than one in 10 will take advantage of National Boss Day to talk to their boss and improve the relationship.

"This current situation in the workplace is taking an incredible personal toll on employees and for organizations, it is costing $360 billion a year in lost productivity," McQuaid said.

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Ned Smith

Ned was senior writer at Sweeney Vesty, an international consulting firm, and was Vice President of communications for iQuest Analytics. Before that, he has been a web editor and managed the Internet and intranet sites for Citizens Communications. He began his journalism career as a police reporter with the Roanoke (Va.) Times, and was managing editor of American Way magazine and senior editor of Us. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and held a masters in journalism from the University of Arizona.