Two-Thirds of America Unhappy at Job -65% Choose New Boss Over Pay Raise Says National Boss Day Study Conducted by

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A new study conducted amoungst people of all generations across the U.S., finds that a majority of Americans are unhappy in the workplace – and their bosses are largely to blame.

Michelle McQuaid positive psychologist in the workplace conducted Boss Study

More Americans choose a new boss over a pay raise because bosses are leaving people feeling unappreciated, uninspired, lonely, and miserable.

October 16, 2012 According to the study conducted by Michelle McQuaid, a world leader in positive psychology interventions in the workplace, bosses are leaving Americans feeling unappreciated, uninspired, lonely, and miserable.

“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,” said McQuaid.

The study found that:

  •     Only 36% of Americans are happy at their job.
  •     65% say a better boss would make them happy while 35% choose a pay raise
  •     31% of employees polled feel uninspired and unappreciated by their boss, and close to 15% feel downright miserable, bored and lonely.
  •     Only 38% of those polled describe their boss as “great,” with 42% saying their bosses don’t work very hard and close to 20% saying their boss has little or no integrity.
  •     Close to 60% of Americans say they would do a better job if they got along better with their boss.
  •     Close to 70% of those polled said they would be happier at work if they got along better with their boss, with the breakdown equal amongst men and women, but younger workers in their 20s and 30s skewed even higher (80%).
  •     Over half (55%) of those polled, think they would be more successful in their career if they got along better with their boss, with 58% in managerial and professional careers saying so, and only 53% in service and manual labor positions feeling that way.
  •     In terms of the impact a boss has on employee health, 73% of those in their 20s and 30s said their health is at stake, while only 40% of those 50 and older felt that way.
  •     When stress levels rise at work, a disturbing 47% say their boss does not stay calm and in control. Although 70% of boomers polled say their boss doesn’t lose his/her cool in times of stress.
  •     Only 38% of Americans will thank their boss on National Bosses Day with most believing that their boss wouldn't care enough to bother. Close to 10% said they would use the day as an opportunity to talk to their boss and improve the relationship.

Shocked by the impact badly behaving bosses were having on so many employees, Mcquaid has launched a global day of action on October 16, National Boss Day, to empower employees to help build better bosses at McQuaid has also released a new book, 5 Reasons to Tell Your Boss to Go F**K Themselves! How Positive Psychology Can Help You Get What You Want, which offers 24 proven ways to make a bad boss better.


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