A new poll has found that the average worker has ‘negative thoughts’ about their boss eight times a week
More than six in ten office workers regularly moan about their manager to colleagues during lunch breaks, on social media and even at their desks. According to recruitment firm RSG, these little moans amount to a total of an hour and five minutes of each working day. This equates to approximately six and a half working days and in payment is £678 a year.
Additionally, it appears women are more likely to moan with 68% admitting to doing so, compared to 57% of men. However, they’re not always as secretive as they hope to be. The study found that one in five are caught out, with one in twenty having been overheard by the person the complaint was about.
A spokesperson for RSG commented: “Most people will have the occasional moan and groan about work, but it’s staggering to see just how long these little moans amount to over a longer period of time.
“No-one expects you to be happy at work every single second of every day, but getting stuck in a cycle of endless moaning can quickly bring your mood down. Even sitting next to someone who is regularly complaining about your manager can affect your own mood, regardless of whether you agree with them or not.”
The research also revealed that an average employee has negative thoughts about their boss eight times a week. Moreover, it found that fewer than three in ten actually save their complaints for break time.
The spokesperson added: “We spend a lot of our time at work so if you aren’t happy about something, it’s important to deal with it in the right way to try and rectify it.
“But it’s also important for employers to make sure their workforce is happy - happy workers are likely to be far more productive than those who spend their days needing to let off steam.”
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