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October 16, 2009

"Happy Boss Day, you big liar!"


Welcome to another Hallmark holiday, National Boss Day, which falls on October 16 each year.

Rather than rushing out to buy their bosses greeting cards, flowers, or bottles of scotch, HR solutions provider Adecco Group suggests that many Americans may be silently stewing about their supervisors.

According to a recent Adecco survey, 53 percent of workers think their boss is dishonest and 25 percent think their boss is lying to them about whether their job is secure. In fact, if they had any say in the matter, 28 percent of employees polled said they would send their boss packing.

There aren't many people who enjoy delivering the news of layoffs, budget cuts, and increased workloads. So perhaps it's not surprising that Adecco found that only 39 percent of those polled said they'd want to be in their boss' shoes.

Some other interesting stats this survey unearthed about whether people's perceptions of their boss have changed since the recession began:

Job satisfaction is directly proportionate to one's relationship with their boss. According to Adecco, 89 percent of workers said as much. But despite the fact that a majority of workers said they thought their boss was dishonest, 65 percent said they wouldn't change a thing about their relationship with their boss. (Perhaps those workers prefer to be kept in the dark about their standing with the company?)

Bosses are still as accessible as ever. Despite the images depicted on TV of the boss who hides in their office so they don't have to face any of the staff they may have to soon lay off, nothing could be further from the truth. Adecco reports that 87 percent of workers said that their manager is as accessible as they were before this nasty recession began.

Recession bosses don't necessarily get more respect. Yes, bosses remain accessible. And yes, 87 percent of them are still as focused as ever on the performance review process, according to the workers polled by Adecco. But practicing "business as usual" during these turbulent times hasn't earned bosses much more respect. According to Adecco, just 14 percent of employees polled said their respect for their manager has increased since the recession began.

Readers, how about you? Have your feelings about boss changed for the better or worse since the economy took a nosedive?

Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide." E-mail Michelle at

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I want to share something with you: The three little sentences that will get you through life. Number 1: Cover for me. Number 2: Oh, good idea, Boss! Number 3: It was like that when I got here.

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