Indian employees feel they’re better than their boss: Survey

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Almost four in 10 Indian employees believe they could do their boss’ job better, reveals a new survey by CareerBuilder India.

While as many as 38 percent of the 1,019 adults surveyed believe they can perform better than their boss, over a quarter of workers — 26 percent — thought that their boss should not be in a leadership role.

However, the majority of workers think their boss is doing an above average job. When asked to evaluate their boss’ performance, seven in 10 of Indian workers (70 percent) say their manager deserves an ‘A’ or a ‘B’ while only 7 percent would assign a ‘D’ or ‘F’.

When asked which areas of their boss’ leadership and management style needed the most improvement, recognition of employees’ good work (57 percent) topped the list by workers.

Other areas which were pointed out in terms of which areas their bosses aren’t performing up to mark, include Attitude toward employees (54 percent), Fairness/equity in treatment of employees (50 percent), Ability to take constructive feedback (50 percent), Professionalism in the work environment (42 percent), Communication style (37 percent) and Standing up for the department to senior management (29 percent), Competence/expertise (25 percent) and Availability to employees (21 percent).

The respondents also gave a feedback on their boss’ greatest strengths.

While 62 percent of the employees thought that it’s their professionalism at work, other above average behaviour includes Recognition of employees’ good work (59 percent), Communication style (58 percent), Attitude towards employees (55 percent), Ability to take constructive feedback (51 percent), Fairness/equity in treatment of employees (49 percent), Availability to employees (47 percent, Competence/expertise (47 percent) and Standing up for the department to senior management (34 percent).

Premlesh Machama, managing director, CareerBuilder India, believes that while “managers are often the ones assessing employee performance, but it’s just as important for managers to solicit regular feedback from employees regarding their own performance”.

“The best managers make an effort to understand what their employees need from them in order to do their jobs better and work to eliminate any obstacles that may be getting in the way of employees’ success,” Machama added in a statement.

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