Good news for the bosses of the world: Most employees (59%) say their direct supervisors are doing a good or even great job.
However, 20% of the respondents to the CareerBuilder.com survey say their supervisors’ performance is poor or very poor.
The biggest gripes? The boss:
- Plays favorites: 23%
- Doesn’t follow through: 21%
- Doesn’t listen to concerns: 21%
- Doesn’t provide feedback: 20%
- Doesn’t keep me motivated: 17%
- Doesn’t help me develop: 17%
- Only gives negative feedback: 14%.
Here’s what’s interesting: The same percentage of managers—26%—said they weren’t prepared to manage others. Notice the correlation?
Where bosses believe they fall short:
- Dealing with issues between co-workers on my team: 25%
- Motivating team members: 22%
- : 15%
- Finding the resources needed to support the team: 15%
- Creating career paths for my team: 12%.
CareerBuilder.com vice president Rosemary Haefner says more companies are investing in programs to develop leaders.
In the meantime, manage up.
Can you help resolve an issue with a co-worker? Propose a time and framework for a one-on-one monthly feedback session? Suggest an incentive program that will benefit you and the company?
If your boss doesn’t have the skills to lead, consider whether you have what it takes to help lead yourself.