HUFFINGTON POST
10/17/2012 02:43 pm ET

Better Bosses Prioritized Over Pay For Two In Three Workers: Survey

In an arguable vote of no confidence, two in three American workers surveyed in a new poll say that they would rather get rid of their bosses than get a pay raise.

Sixty-five percent of 1,000 U.S. workers surveyed by Michelle McQuaid, a workplace author, said that they would rather have a better boss than a pay raise.

The choice is surprising, given that employers have been so stingy about pay raises in recent years, as corporations rake in record profits. But perhaps that is part of why so many Americans resent their bosses. Companies have been squeezing more money out of their workers as the unemployment rate remains high.

McQuaid's survey also found that only 36 percent of U.S. workers surveyed were happy at work while 38 percent described their boss as "great," and 42 percent said that their bosses don't work hard. Nearly 20 percent even said that their boss has little or no integrity.

Other researchers have found that American workers are not happy. Three in four say that their immediate boss is the worst part of their job, according to psychologist Robert Hogan. And 41 percent of U.S. workers say they are stressed during the workday, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association released in March.

Readers: Would you rather have more money or a better boss? Let us know at smallbusiness@huffingtonpost.com

You can check out some tips on how to deal with bad bosses from Robert C. Pozen, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, here.

Bosses, don't despair! Here are some tips on how to improve your management skills. Lesson 1: Train people instead of just firing them. Lesson 2: Show a little interest in your employees.

(Hat tip: Forbes.)

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