Website Comparably collected data from over 2,000 employees in both public and private U.S. companies to find out which quality they find to be the worst in a boss. The respondents were mostly from the tech sector.
Unsurprisingly, up to 39% respondents expressed that they didn’t want “micro-managers”. Other traits that annoy employees were “overly critical” (22%), “disorganised” (16%) and “know-it-all” (14%), while being “impatient” (9%) was the quality that offends the least employees.
The survey also looked at the differences across gender, age and seniority.
While both male (44%) and female (32%) workers picked micro-manager as the worst trait in a boss, female workers thought that being “overly critical” (28%) was almost as bad. Only 17% of male employees said that being “overly critical” was a problem, far less than their female counterparts. Also, being “disorganised” (16%) and “know-it-all” (15%) were almost as annoying among male respondents.
Interestingly, “disorganised” (26%) took over “micro-manager” (22%) as the top response among the employees aged between 18 and 25.
Among different experience levels, entry-level workers were more offended by “disorganised” (25%), “overly critical” (22%) and “impatient” (20%) bosses, when “micro-manager” (19%) came fourth, followed by “know-it-all” (14%). Respondents at all other experience levels regarded “micro-manager” as the worst among all five traits.
Job nature seems to contribute to the mixed opinions on the matter, micro-manager shared the top spot with “overly critical” at 30% for tech designers, the only job role where micro-manager wasn’t a top response on its own.
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