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Updated: October 17, 2012 09:25 IST

Lousy bosses make people quit: survey

Nagesh Prabhu
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Private sector workers are most likely to experience workplace bullying, the survey says. Fie Photo: K.K. Mustafah
The Hindu Private sector workers are most likely to experience workplace bullying, the survey says. Fie Photo: K.K. Mustafah

Workplace stress affects staff health too

Nearly 69 per cent of corporate employees who quit their jobs complain about the indifferent attitude of their bosses or immediate supervisor, a survey by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) says.

The findings are condensed at a random survey on employees-boss relationship in which some 2,500 executives gave their responses.


Around 42 per cent said they have been victims of workplace bullying, 56 per cent of them bullied by their boss. Private sector workers are most likely to experience workplace bullying (48 per cent), followed by public sector (37) and others (15).

The survey also reveals that bad bosses could impact employees’ health. Around 62 per cent of the respondents reported abusive behaviour by bosses, such as humiliating and insulting them or isolating them from co-workers.

Their ages

Around 55 per cent of the respondents fall under the age bracket of 20-29 years, followed by 30-39 years (26 per cent), 40-49 years (16), 50-59 years (2) and 60-69 years (approximately 1 per cent). The survey conducted in major cities of the country. The survey targeted corporate employees from 18 broad sectors, with maximum share contributed by those from the TeS sector (17 per cent).

The survey showed that workplace stress leads too increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer besides insomnia, depression, anxiety, chronic muscle pains and migraines.

It indicated that the qualities of a good manager are approachability (so said 83 per cent), good communication skills (82), being supportive (81), leadership (80) and someone who respects staff as individuals (76).

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