Tough times signal rising tensions between staff and bosses

Tough times call for everyone to dig deep at work but a new survey reveals that office tensions between workers and bosses could be at an all-time high.

We’re all guilty of an occasional work grumble but it seems this is on the increase in the current climate. The new research from Avery Rewards found that more than half of UK office workers have had a falling out or disagreement with their boss in the last twelve months and the majority feeling that their boss fails to manage them and their team well.

After wages, respondents said that the worst thing about their current job was a lack of appreciation, with long working long hours unsurprisingly coming in third in the list of common complaints. Other issues frequently cited on the list of boss bugbears included stomping around the office, changing their mind after a task has been completed, being made to run personal errands, never making their own tea and not listening to staff.

It also emerged that just three in ten office workers say their current job is rewarding, and, when things get tough in the office over 90% of workers admit to needing a treat to cheer themselves up.

  1. Stomping around the office
  2. Telling me to do something then changing their mind after I’ve done it
  3. Not being supportive
  4. They have favourites
  5. Telling me off for not doing a task that I wasn’t actually asked to do
  6. Asking me to do personal errands
  7. Not listening to me
  8. Barely talking to the team
  9. Refusing to take phone calls that I’ve tried to put through
  10. Trying too hard to seem powerful
  11. Shouting at me or a colleague
  12. Sometimes trying to show off
  13. Not wanting me to progress in my career
  14. Rarely agreeing to pay out for team bonding sessions
  15. Making me lie to other people, such as saying they are in a meeting when they’re not
  16. Never making their own tea/coffee/drinks
  17. Asking me to make excuses for them on the phone
  18. Making me stay late when they have left early
  19. Questioning my ability out loud
  20. Being sexist at times

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