Employees Prefer David Brent Style Funny Bosses
The ability to laugh with a manager was found to be the single most effective trait when fostering good relationships between bosses and their employees.
One in four workers identified a sense of humour as their most valued trait in a boss followed by trust, cited by one in five, and patience, selected by one in seven.
Other favourable characteristics included fairness, open communication and honesty.
Comical bosses, such as the Ricky Gervais creation David Brent, were found to be more important to male employees than female, with six in ten men preferring a funny boss compared with four in ten women.
While sharing a joke with the boss was not mentioned as boosting job satisfaction it was cited as a way of relieving tension in the workplace.
A spokesman from officebroker.com said that the findings revealed a mutually shared sense of humour benefited any relationship, whether work or social.
ΓÇ£As workers are pushed to do more demanding and time consuming roles itΓÇÖs becoming increasingly important that they can share a joke with their boss in a bid to increase their enjoyment of the working day,ΓÇ¥ said a spokesperson.
ΓÇ£A sense of humour is an extremely personal thing and so any worker luck enough to have a boss with the same tastes as them could be on to a winner in terms of job satisfaction.
ΓÇ£We found traits which are widely regarded as being positive to a working relationship such as respect, trust and open communication still went a long way to a productive environment but it seems many workers want to go one step further and regularly share a joke with a superior.
ΓÇ£In fact, of those employees we polled, many stated they believed that the ability to share a joke with a boss encouraged a culture of openness in the workplace and helped remove formal barriers.
ΓÇ£It is worth noting however that a boss who jokes around too much, a David Brent style character, could well risk damaging now only his, but also his employeeΓÇÖs performance, it really is a fine line.
ΓÇ£We all know how stressful work can be and often this is caused by a fraught boss employee relationship, so the ability to relieve any tension by sharing a joke is not only enjoyable but in the long-term could prove essential for businesses.ΓÇ¥
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