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1 April 2005
THE INDUSTRY YOU WORK IN COULD DETERMINE IF YOU WORK FOR A TYRANT OR A PUSSYCAT
The boss from hell may be a dying breed, according to new research from Lloyds TSB and Working Families who are searching for the UK's Best Boss 2005. Two fifths (39 per cent) of Brits say their boss is just a 'Pussycat' at heart compared to one fifth (21 per cent) who are working for a 'Tyrant'.
Lloyds TSB and Working Families, organisers of the Britain's Best Boss awards, have analysed the management styles of different bosses and identified four boss types; the Tyrant, the Pussycat, the Entertainer, and the Leader.
Encouragingly, a third (32 per cent) of those surveyed put their boss in the 'Leader' category viewing their boss as inspiring, motivational and concerned with the wellbeing of their staff. However, according to the UK's workforce, it would appear bosses' management styles vary widely depending on the industry they work in.
Transport bosses are more likely to be ruthless 'Tyrants' who put profit before people, with 32 per cent of bosses being put into this category compared to a national average of 21 per cent. Bosses from the IT and Telecoms industries are ten times more likely to adopt a David Brent like style and be the 'Entertainer' compared to Media bosses (12 per cent compared to 1 per cent) who are more likely to be pushovers and fall into the management category of Pussycats. But, it's good news for those who work in Retail, with more retail workers (38 per cent) classing their boss as an effective 'Leader' who values their staff, than any other industry.
Fiona Cannon, head of equality and diversity at Lloyds TSB, said: "It's great news that so many people view their boss as a true leader who cares about their employees. One of the keys to being a good boss is to recognise and understand the importance of work-life balance and that's exactly the type of manager that we're searching for to claim the title of Britain's Best Boss 2005."
Sarah Jackson, Working Families, said: "We know that managers who have found work-life balance works for their teams are the best persuaders of their peers. It's already clear that employees around the country really appreciate bosses who help them to balance their responsibilities at work and at home. But there's still time for nominations to be made for more great bosses at www.workingfamilies.org.uk."
To get a nomination form for Britain's Best Boss 2005 Tel 020 7253 7243 or download one from www.workingfamilies.org.uk. The closing date for nominations is 3 May 2005.
Respondents were asked to identify their boss among the following boss types:
Notes to editors:
About the competition
About Working Families
© Work-Life balance part of The Work Foundation 2005