Horrible Bosses: 6 ways to build back employees’ trust

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Most employees already know if they have a horrible boss. They don’t need the media to point it out.

But TV shows like “The Office” and movies like “Horrible Bosses” (released in early July) help to feed conversations—from the breakrooms to the bars to TV talk shows—about how mad as hell people are about their bosses and what they’ll do if they can’t take it anymore.

Nearly half (46%) of employees say they work or have worked for an “unreasonable manager,” according to an OfficeTeam survey of 441 people. Among those, most (59%) stayed in their jobs and either tried to address the situation or resolved to live with it (see box below).

“Often, individuals are promoted because they excel in a given job, but that doesn’t mean they have the skills to be effective leaders,” said Robert Hosking, OfficeTeam executive director.

It’s difficult—if not impossible—to be a good manager without employee trust. The problem: Many employees a...(register to read more)

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