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Ever imagined killing your boss? It turns out you’re not alone, in fact, according to a new survey conducted in the UK  one in 10 people have actually imagined murdering their boss, given workplace frustrations and their relationship with their managers.

The poll surveyed over 2000 people was conducted by online business services comparison site Expert Market, in conjunction with survey provider Vivatic.  It showed construction workers had the most murderous thoughts (22%) admitting they have thought about killing their boss, followed by media professionals (15%).

Industry % of people who have imagined killing their boss
Construction 22%
Media & Communications 15%
Science & Tech 14%
Arts & Entertainment 13%
Retail 13%
Finance 12%
Transport 12%
Education 11%
Public Sector 11%
Energy 9%
Administrative 7%
Health & Social Workers 7%
Hospitality & Leisure 7%

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The insights from the survey also showed what a detrimental effect having a bad relationship with your boss can have, more than half (52%) of respondents said that they hate their jobs specifically because of their boss. And one in five people said they would turn down a pay rise in favour of firing their manager. While 73% of respondents believe they could do a better job than their boss.

Almost half (44%) of people surveyed said their boss had set them unachievable tasks, 57% said they felt pressured to work outside of working hours and one in five people estimated doing an additional four to six hours of unpaid work a week.

Even though 81% of people said they worked unpaid hours every week, over half (54%) said they had never asked for a pay rise,  41% believed their boss would say no even if they did and 48% also said their boss had taken credit for their work.

When it comes to relationships with managers 45% of people said that they had been ignored by their boss, 44% believe their manager had not given them adequate praise, 41% avoid their boss at work events and 23% said they would even avoid them if they saw them in the street.

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