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Hanover, Md. – October 15, 2013 – TEKsystems® today released the findings of its latest industry survey which explores how IT professionals view their current bosses and the characteristics they would most like to see in an ideal superior. The study, conducted ahead of National Boss’ Day on October 16, finds that while bosses are generally well-liked, more than half of IT professionals surveyed believe that they are more effective than their bosses in a number of important ways.
The study conducted by TEKsystems represents the views of more than 900 IT professionals from companies of all sizes. Key findings include:
Anything Bosses Can Do, Employees Think They Can Do Better
When asked how their bosses stacked up in key areas of creativity (innovation and problem solving), intelligence (strategic thinking and business understanding), reliability (work ethic and follow-through) and HR (people skills and team building), IT professionals indicate that while bosses are fairly effective, they view themselves as more competent, with 54 percent saying that they think they can do their boss’ job better than he/she does.
"It’s critically important for IT leaders to create forums for employees to present ideas and potential solutions for business, IT and other organizational challenges. Clearly IT employees feel they have something to offer that their bosses don’t and not hearing them out may be a missed opportunity for the business." says Jason Hayman, TEKsystems Research Manager.
Bosses Should Be Leaders, Not Friends
IT professionals indicate that the quality they want most from a boss is the ability to be a goal setter by providing clear direction and expectations for employees. However, survey respondents mainly view their bosses as Cheerleaders who are more focused on maintaining a positive attitude and outlook at all times.
"While the typical ‘bad boss’ is often seen as negative and overly demanding, IT professionals want a leader that not only acknowledges good results, but also is unafraid to offer constructive feedback even if it is negative,” states Hayman. “Employees are not looking to become best friends with their boss and many of them would like to avoid it. An effective boss provides strong, actionable feedback that allows employees to grow professionally and thrive in the workplace, benefiting the company as well as the individual."
TEKsystems' Jason Hayman is available for additional commentary. For more information
about the survey or to schedule an interview please contact Rick McLaughlin (TEKsystems@daviesmurphy.com).