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Boss's Day: Survey suggests U.S. workers don't trust their bosses

From staff reports:

Boss's Day (or Bosses Day or National Boss Day) is a "holiday" celebrated on Oct. 16 in the United States and Canada.

The 2010 Boss's Day Survey, conducted by Monster Worldwide on behalf of Spherion Staffing Services, shows U.S. workers are losing trust and confidence in their bosses.

The survey was conducted online between Sept. 29 and Oct. 7. In total, 231 working adults, aged 20 years and older, responded to the survey.

Forty-five percent of workers said their relationship with their boss has changed due to the economic recession and 74 percent of those said it has been weakened.

A little more than one-third of U.S. workers surveyed (34 percent) said they are dissatisfied with their relationship with their boss.

Thirty-eight percent reported their boss is somewhat or very uncaring when it comes to their employee’s career development and 27 percent said their boss’s attitude toward their employees’ career development has changed since the recession set in.

Forty-five percent of those surveyed said their boss has taken credit for work performed by an employee, and one out of four workers do not think their boss has been honest or forthright about job security.

Fifty-three percent of workers surveyed said they do not feel their boss respects them as a professional equal. Nearly half of those surveyed (46 percent) said they did not feel comfortable discussing unethical workplace issues with their boss, and 44 percent said they cannot confide in their boss about sensitive or confidential workplace issues, according to the study.

"At a time when workers arguably need added support and guidance to offset the uncertainties that come with a shaky economy, many bosses simply aren’t stepping up to the plate," said Loretta Penn, president of Spherion Staffing Services in a statement.

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