Recession drives bosses and workers closer: survey

Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:28pm EDT
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By Lynn Adler

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Few bosses need worry that their employees want their jobs as most workers are just happy to be employed and one fifth would even have a fling with their boss if it helped their career, according to a U.S. survey.

The U.S. recession has driven bosses and their employees closer together and only 30 percent of employees want their boss's stressful job, recruitment firm Adecco Staffing U.S. found in a poll tied to National Boss Day in mid-October.

But the survey found that some people are willing to go to greater lengths to keep their jobs in a tough market.

Almost one in five said they would have a fling with their boss if it would help their career and a similar number share connections with their boss through social networking sites like Facebook or LinkedIn.

Striving for the boss's job is not a top priority, though.

Employees with children aged 18 or under at home are more likely (39 percent vs. 23 percent) to want their boss's job to help pay for education and other costs.

With unemployment brushing up against 10 percent, those still working "feel like they were the chosen ones, like they got a vote of confidence from their boss that they're good enough to be retained," said David Adams, Adecco Group North America vice president of learning and development in Seattle.

That, and the smaller number of employees in many departments, strengthened ties between employees and bosses.   Continued...

<p>Office workers walk through a green lit foyer of an office building in Melbourne May 5, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas</p>