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Employees Rate Their Bosses in New Survey

The study showed higher grades correlated with effective communication

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    It looks like employees are giving their bosses a little more than an “A” for effort.

    According to a new CareerBuilder survey, more than 60 percent of U.S. workers would grade their bosses with an “A” or a “B.”

    The nationwide study says higher grades tend to be aligned with a boss’ communication and management style, noting that workers who interact with their bosses more frequently tend to rate their performance better.

    And results showed open communication doesn't have to be in person, with 25 percent of workers reporting their bosses text or instant message them.

    “Managers who interact frequently and communicate directly are more likely to have the support of their employees. The ideal form of that communication will vary from individual to individual, but everyone’s jobs get done better when expectations and roles are clearly defined,” Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at Chicago-based CareerBuilder, said in a statement. “The best managers understand the triggers for their workers’ success and are able to course correct when productivity drops or conflict arises.”

    Only 14 percent of employees said they would give their boss a “D” or “F,” according to the survey.

    Asking workers to do tasks outside their job description was one of the most common reasons cited for the downgrade.

    Twenty-two percent of employees said their current boss asks them do things unrelated to their jobs and more than half of those employees gave their bosses grades of a “C” or worse.

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