The next time one of your employees admires your business suit, it’s OK to wonder if she’s sucking up.
More than one in five U.S. employees admit to complimenting managers to get on their good side -- even if the flattery is a bunch of hooey.
Just be glad you aren’t a supervisor in India: Almost half of workers there (46%) say they sweet-talk their bosses even if they don’t mean it.
Those are among the findings in a 2013 Kronos Boss’s Day Survey of more than 4,000 workers in the U.S., Australia and India.
Harris Interactive conducted the survey with 2,041 full-time and part-time U.S. workers and 2,100 full-time and part-time Australian and Indian workers Sept. 24-26, 2013, on behalf of the Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc., which helps companies with workplace issues such as labor costs, regulatory compliance and productivity. The Workforce Institute is a think tank that provides research and education on the workplace.
Workers in all three countries get truly annoyed when managers use inside business jargon, according to the survey, whose release coincided with National Boss's Day, which is celebrated Oct. 16.
The phrase that irks them the most? “Think outside the box.” Twenty-five percent of U.S. employees can’t stand it when managers tell them to do this.
Other annoying phrases cited were:
“I don’t care how— just get it done” (24%).
“I need you to be more proactive” (17%).
“I’ll circle back with you” (17%).
“I’d like to task you with this project” (11%).
Indian employees get far more irritated by corporate jargon (95%) than do Australians (83%) and Americans (76%).
Age, geography matter