HR Strange But True!
November 08, 2007

Three-quarters of employees say they are just as productive when the boss is out of the office, and 23 percent say they actually get more accomplished when the boss is away.

Only 2 percent of workers 'fess up to procrastinating when the boss is not around, according to a survey conducted by ComPsych Corporation.

"The survey proves what smart managers have known all along -- employees are self-motivated for the most part, and micro-managing is not effective," said Richard Chaifetz, chairman and CEO of ComPsych.

"Employees perform and excel when they have a healthy work environment, clear-cut expectations and goals, and the right support from their managers," Chaifetz said. "Training programs from behavioral health experts and consultants can help develop the sort of managers who bring about the best results."

ComPsych asked employees: Do you get more or less work done when your boss is away? Responses broke down as follows:

  • Same -- My work is not affected -- 75 percent
  • More -- I'm able to work without distraction -- 23 percent
  • Less -- I tend to procrastinate when the boss is away -- 2 percent.

ComPsych is a provider of employee assistance programs (EAPs) and fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, work-life, wellness, crisis intervention services, and outsourced HR solutions under the GuidanceResources brand.

Source: ComPsych press release

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