Bosses Have ‘No Idea’ What Their Employees Do Everyday

by : Julia Banim on : 18 Sep 2018 16:47
Bosses don't know what staff members do all day.Bosses don't know what staff members do all day.Deposit Photos

New findings have revealed what many people have suspected for years: your boss literally has no idea what you are up to all day.


A survey of 2,000 workers discovered approximately one in three feel their managers are completely oblivious when it comes to the work they do every single day; with one third feeling their hard graft goes unrecognised. Talk about feeling under-appreciated.

And matters get even more worrying from there. The poll – conducted by Perkbox – showed how another 41 per cent felt their boss would be incapable of completing even one day’s work in their job, while over one third reckon their boss is grossly overpaid for the work they do.

This certainly sounds like a recipe for resentment and low morale; certainly not ideal for a happy, healthy working environment.


Although partaking in an average of four conversations per day with their direct line manager, employees reportedly don’t often get the opportunity to talk about their professional future, averaging a mere three conversations annually about career prospects.

Furthermore, one fifth of employees don’t regard their boss as being understanding or empathetic, with almost one quarter actually stating their manager is unconcerned about their well-being at work.

In fact, 17 per cent would describe their supervisor as ‘clueless’ about their feelings, with one fifth revealing their manager has made negative remarks about co-workers. Three out of 10 admit they get on with their boss, however just in a professional sense.

Bosses don't know what their employees do.Bosses don't know what their employees do.Deposit Photos

So what can be done to ensure the boss-worker dynamic remains amicable, respectful and productive? Well, apparently 47 per cent of employees would just like to be informed when they’ve done a job well which should be easy enough for any workplace to implement.

However, others are a little trickier to please, with 25 per cent wanting a complimentary dinner on the company, and 35 per cent preferring to be awarded ‘Employee of the Month’ in recognition of their graft.

Over half would like to be incentivised or motivated with vouchers or gift cards, while 42 per cent would want vouchers or discounts in recognition of achievements within their role.


Product manager for Perkbox Insights Bill Hewitt said:

As your company or team grows, keeping on the pulse of your most valuable asset, your people, becomes harder and harder – especially if they’re split across different locations or dialling in from all corners of the world.

Perkbox Insights helps create a simple, transparent feedback loop between management and staff so that you can break down these silos and retain a sense of connectedness, no matter how big or messy you think you’re business is getting.

Hewitt added:

Perkbox Insights works on the simple premise that, ‘the more questions you ask, the more you’ll be able to discover and improve’.

It does all the legwork for you, automatically spotting and highlighting team and company trends.

Give your employees the feedback and visibility they crave and it will help everyone connect the dots and feel empowered to create change.

Employees feel their boss doesn't understand what they do all day.Employees feel their boss doesn't understand what they do all day.Deposit Photos

Find out more about Perkbox here

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

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