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UK bosses reveal their top employee bugbears

Lee Biggins
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Being the boss can be a tough job, so it’s no wonder that two thirds (62.6 percent) of employers find their employees frustrating from time-to-time. Contributor Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library.

In fact, the number one bugbear for over half (54.2 percent) of UK employers was their staff turning up to work late. That’s according to the latest research from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board.

The survey of 200 employers explored the habits of UK professionals that drive their bosses crazy. Respondents were asked to reveal the behaviour that they find most frustrating from their workforce. The biggest bugbears that bosses have with their employees include:

  • Showing up to work late – 54.2 percent
  • Complaining to colleagues instead of discussing problems with their boss – 41.2 percent
  • Not taking responsibility for their mistakes – 39.9 percent
  • Messing around during work hours – 32.7 percent
  • Spreading gossip – 29.4 percent
  • Not being a team player – 28.8 percent
  • Communicating only over email – 21.6 percent
  • Making ridiculous demands – 14.4 percent
  • Not being grateful for the rewards they receive- 6.5 percent
  • Sucking-up to the boss – 2 percent

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments: “As the boss, you have to manage your own workload, whilst also organising your team. It’s understandable then that you can become frustrated with them at times, especially when they aren’t sticking to the rules. However, it’s important that you build positive relationships in the workplace, especially with your staff. This means that open communication is key.”

“If you feel that your employees are breaking the rules or not being as productive as they should be, it might be time to have a chat with them to explain the behaviour you expect at work. After all, it’s important that everyone is on the same page. Plus, it’s essential to build trust amongst workers and if there’s underlying tension because of communication problems, this can be difficult.”