Culture, Engagement, Branding

Best Bosses: Where Do You Fall on the List?

A recent study by OfficeTeam sought to understand which workers are happiest or unhappiest with their bosses by region. The research revealed that over 80% of workers are satisfied with their managers. The highest rating locations were Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami. The worst were Boston, Phoenix, Washington D.C., Cincinnati, and Detroit.

Nearly half of respondents (49%) feel their manager is a good leader, and about one-third consider their boss a mentor (37%) and friend (34%). But not everyone shares these sentiments: Nearly a quarter of workers (23%) said their supervisor is a micromanager, and 16% went as far as saying they are incompetent.

Additional Findings:

  • Los Angeles has the most workers who consider their supervisor a good leader (66%), mentor (55%) and friend (52%).
  • Bosses in Miami are mostly likely to be described as micromanagers (39%), followed closely by those in New York (36%).

“An employee’s working relationship with the boss has a significant impact on their job satisfaction and career success,” said Stephanie Naznitsky, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Professionals are more engaged and productive in their roles when they’re given some autonomy on projects and report to managers they can trust and learn from.”

About the Research

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 2,800 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments in 28 major U.S. cities.