Horrible bosses cost the UK economy 40 million days of work in the past year
Real life horrible bosses are costing the UK economy a huge 40 million days of work each year, according to new research from Monster. 27 per cent of UK workers said they have taken time off work in the past year due to their boss and 12 per cent have missed five or more days in the past 12 months.
Shockingly, one in eight (12 per cent) of the UK workforce say that they have been bullied by their boss whilst one in 10 (nine per cent) say their boss has made them suffer from stress. A further nine per cent went as far as to say they are scared of them.
This is perhaps the reason that 41 per cent of UK workers say they’ve left a job solely because of their boss – and 15 per cent say they have left more than one.
11 per cent of workers would describe their boss as & lsquo;horrible’ whilst 10 per cent say they are mean – just 17 per cent say their boss has ever treated them to lunch. Many simply don’t think their boss is up to the job – a quarter of working adults (25 per cent) describe theirs as either & lsquo;terrible’ or & lsquo;below standard’.
However, it isn’t all bad – over half (52 per cent) say their boss is friendly and one in five (20 per cent) describe them as generous.
Andrew Sumner, managing director of Monster in the UK and Ireland, explained, “Bosses have a significant impact on the happiness of staff – in many cases, workers are just as motivated to work for their managers as they are for the company. However, we were surprised to see just how many days of work are being missed due to horrible bosses each year.
As the job market continues to improve, businesses and bosses need to ensure they are aware of the importance of staff having a positive relationship with their managers, and that they are doing all they can to ensure their team members feel valued for the work they are doing. This will not only make for a happier workforce, but also ensures that the best talent isn’t tempted to move to other opportunities.”