A Better Boss Or A Raise? Your Choise!

Posted under Motivation on Monday 29 October 2012 at 11:21 pm

It is a known fact that a good motivation can make us work better, spend every effort and achieve the things we’d never be able to achieve without a spark in our mind. A good motivation and motivators are very highly valued in any business. So, what can help us work better and more effectively? Maybe, a better boss? Or a new computer in our office? Or a good pay raise? Or a couple of new assistants? Some of these things can be really important for you, and some can be not. For example, think about all disadvantages and problems linked to having an annoying and unfriendly boss? Good BossIt means chronic stresses and constant feeling of being unappreciated and miserable, right? What worse could it be? It seems like 65 per cent of modern Americans think the same way as you, since that much of business people have chosen having a good boss as the primarily condition for achieving success in business and feeling happy at work.

According to Michelle McQuaid, a specialist in neuroscience, positive psychology and designing a perfect positive environment at workplaces, we all have our own set of priorities regarding what can make us happier at work. Recently, Michelle McQuaid finished working on an extensive study involving 1,000 participants, American executives and officials from a variety of businesses. McQuaid asked them about the most important factors which could help creating a positive psychological environment at their workplaces. It turned out that 65 of the participants have chosen a better relationship with their bosses, and 35 per cent of the participants have opted for a pay raise rather than a better boss. The findings of the survey were recently published in many online and printed mass media and attracted plenty of attention, both from experts and general public.

At that, it turned out that quite a small number of participants are actually happy with their current work and would not change anything. Only every one of three people (or about 35 per cent) reported about being totally satisfied and happy with their job. McQuinn said that about 31 per cent of the participants reported feeling unhappy, unappreciated, uninspired, and unsuccessful at work. Finally, quite a good amount of the participants, about 15 per cent, said that they usually feel bored, lonely, miserable, and depressed at their workplace. The study leader underlined that such a problem as bored and unhappy employees is linked to much more risks and dangers than it is thought. It can be one of the most influential factors which affects productivity, and it is estimated that a lack of motivation among business employees can cost today’s companies up to 360 billion dollars of annual loss in productivity.

Finally, McQuinn reported that as much as 60 per cent of the participants have expressed their dissatisfaction about the current relationships with their bosses. They all said that they would be able to increase their productivity and get enough of motivation for doing a much better job provided they had a better boss, or could get along better with their current bosses. Moreover, almost all of these people pointed at their bosses as one of the key reasons of a lack of professional success and career achievements. In other words, better relationships with bosses can be named as one of the most important factors for modern employees for achieving success and be satisfied at work. Therefore, it is not all about the money for American workers. Actually, these findings of Michelle McQuaid should be very interesting to the highest management of large companies since having a good boss has turned to be that much important for the majority of workers and employees.