Bill Gates told Rolling Stone magazine that “Business isn’t that complicated.” He’s right. Doing business is mostly a matter of being logical…and working hard and smart.
What is complicated is doing business with the people in business…who frequently aren’t logical or smart. And it’s often because of bosses (or bossholes, as they’ve lately been called).
53% of workers don’t trust their bosses, according to a 2013 survey of 15,000 job seekers by social media recruitment agency Staffbay.com.
Another survey by Gallup found that a similar percent…52%…are not engaged in their work, presumably because the work is boring or their boss isn’t motivating.
Another Gallup poll found that 70% of American workers “hate” their job or were ambivalent about it. More often than not, their boss was cited as the reason.
Still another recent survey by talent management experts Development Dimensions International revealed that 1 in 3 employees think their boss is ineffective or doing a poor job. 39% left a job because of a boss…and 55% have considered leaving because of a bad boss.
Despite all the training programs and thousands of books on management, it’s obvious that bad bosses are still a major problem…both for workers and companies, costing hundreds of millions of dollars in talent costs. Currently, employees stay at their job for an average of only 4.6 years before leaving.
So online love agent eHarmony has decided that if they can do a good job of matching people up for their (in theory) biggest lifelong commitment, then why not use the same algorithms to match up people with a boss they can fall in love with (metaphorically speaking, of course). With 600,000+ marriages under their belt, eHarmony could be a game-changer in the corporate world. The new initiative by the 14-year old dating site will be called Elevated Careers by eHarmony.
Whatever eventually plays out, for the jobseeker it is vitally important to make sure you not only check out the job and the company culture, but also the person(s) you will be reporting to every day.