Two-thirds of Americans are unhappy at work, according to a new survey. Overwhelmingly, they say the problem is with their bosses, rather than their salary. For younger workers, the boss dissatisfaction is even more extreme: 80% of 20- and 30-somethings say they would be happier at work if they got along better with their bosses.
Career expert Michelle McQuaid conducted the survey of more than 1,000 American workers. She found that 65% of workers say a better boss would make them happier at work, and just 35% said a pay raise would provide the same happiness boost.
Only 38% of workers describe their bosses as “great,” while 42% say their bosses don’t work very hard. One out of five workers say their boss has little to no integrity.
The survey is the latest piece of evidence that employee engagement and happiness has a huge impact on a company’s bottom line. One researcher wrote in BusinessWeekearlier this year that “if happier on a given day, people were not only more likely to come up with a new idea or solve a complex problem that same day but also to do so the next day.” Gallup has found that lost productivity caused by employee disengagement costs the American economy more than $300 billion a year.
Got it, management? The problem isn’t the salary, it’s you.