12/7/06

What, confide to the boss?

Do you trust your boss enough to confide your problems and seek advice? It will not be a surprise if you answered no to this question.

“An on-line survey of more than 3,000 employees, mostly middle to senior-level managers, by CO2 Partners, a Minnesota-based leadership development firm, has found that only one in 10 (11 per cent) would turn to their immediate boss for workplace advice.

In contrast, a quarter would turn to a colleague within their organisation for help and around one in six to another senior person at work (15 per cent), a friend outside work (14 per cent) or a mentor or coach (13 per cent).”

This is a true pointer to the failure of managers to ask questions and understand their subordinates, a key element in building trust in an organisation.




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