American President Donald Trump has been deemed the scariest boss to work for according to new research
It may not come as a surprise that Donald Trump has been named the scariest boss to work for, according to new research by leading job board, totaljobs. Having already given the old heave-ho to a Chief Strategist, a Chief of Staff, an FBI Director, a Deputy Assistant and two Communications Directors, job security is not ensured in the Trump administration.
The majority of those surveyed (65% of employers and 54% of employees) named the former star of The Apprentice USA, as the scariest boss to work for.
The top five scariest bosses that employees wouldn’t like to report into this Halloween:
- President Donald Trump (54%)
- Lord Alan Sugar (44%)
- Rupert Murdoch (26%)
- Sir Alex Ferguson (25%)
- Piers Morgan (25%)
Although employees ranked Lord Sugar as the second scariest boss to work for, employers opposed this view and with 36% naming the celebrity boss as the most likely to be a great boss. It would seem that what makes him frightening to employees is what may make him a ‘great boss’ to those in senior leadership roles.
This trend certainly follows with second placed Sir Alex Ferguson who also got 36% of the vote. Last year the Manchester United manager’s most decorated player, Ryan Giggs, was quoted as saying: “Fergie was scary and even now he still scares me”.
There was a running theme with football managers as the third spot went to, Karren Brady, CEO of West Ham United, coming in third place (27%).
The survey also asked employers about the use of intimidating tactics during interviews. Almost half (49%) said they have intentionally asked difficult questions while interviewing a candidate and 20% admitted they purposefully adopted negative body language. While one in five (20%) said they’d asked personal questions. Worryingly, 17% said they’d acted disinterested on purpose to throw the candidate. Over a quarter (26%) of employers believe creating a slightly uncomfortable environment for candidates at interview can sometimes be justified to see how candidates handle pressure.
These tactics seem to be effective as, 35% of interviewees have felt intimidated by an interviewer, following either aggressive questioning (63%), acting disinterested (55%), negative body language (49%), swearing (47%) or a raised voice (46%).
Despite this, 43% of respondents admitted they would remain confident regardless of who they were facing on the other side of the desk. Although, 22% say they might get thrown off in such scenario. A similar percentage (22%) might stumble over their words, while just 12% say they would avoid eye contact to avoid an uncomfortable interview interaction.
Matthew Harradine, totaljobs’ Director said: “While intimidating bosses may make tough interviewers, candidates agree that their toughness would make them good people to work for. While the nicest person in the world might be fun to work with, our study has found employees don’t think they are necessarily the best people to learn from, which is what employees are looking for in a boss.
“On the flipside, the people employees least want to work for are those who seem to go through staff quickly and experience a high team turnover. It’s safe to say that a balanced and respectful environment is where employees feel they are most likely to strive.”