Thu. May 19th, 2022

American office workers would rather have more feedback from their managers than more money, a new survey has revealed.

The survey of 2,000 Americans examined the very important role manager-worker relationships play at work.

Over a third of respondents are office workers (many of whom are currently working from home on account of the pandemic). They listed more feedback on their role as the number one thing ( 53% ) they want to see more of from their boss, beating out additional compensation ( 48 percent ), and more honest communication ( 48% ).

The poll, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Motivosity, took a dip into our relationship with our managers.

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The results found that, of respondents who have been employed ( 78% ), seven in ten have admired one of the supervisors as a role model.

When it came to the top qualities respondents appreciated in a boss, positive attitude topped the list with 46%.

Communication skills ( 46 percent ) and organizational skills (43%) also made it to the top three.

Logan Mallory, Vice President of Marketing at Motivosity said, “Managers are key to great company cultures. They impact how people feel about showing up to work daily. Essentially 46 percent of your team is asking for leaders who bring a positive attitude to work and communicate consistently. That requires an intentional approach and the right tools, but it doesn’t require massive budgets or years of training. ”

A positive effect like an admirable boss may have a long-term influence, as 71% of respondents stated their role models impact their behavior on a daily basis.

The average person has four role models in their lifetime, and range from family members such as mothers (59%), fathers ( 61 percent ), and grandparents ( 44 percent ) to individuals respondents haven’t met.

Beyond personal relationships 45% of respondents stated they admire a historic figure and two in five ( 42 percent ) look up to a writer.

Forty percent have a politician as a motivator, while more than a third ( 35 percent ) admire an activist and 38% believe that a director or actor worthy of praise.

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Team members give their best effort when theyre working for someone they respect and trust, said Logan Mallory of Motivosity. “The best managers behave more like coaches: Set the appropriate priorities, check-in with consistent 1 on 1s and take a consultative approach instead of being directive. If supervisors do that and make sure their team ’s day-to-day work is noticed and appreciated, it makes all the difference. ”


  1. More opinions about their role  53 percent
  2. More money   48%
  3. More honest communication  48%
  4. Greater title  47 percent
  5. More appreciation  41 percent
  6. More recognition  41 percent
  7. More frequent one-on-one meetings  40%
  8. More responsibilities  38%
  9. More transparency on business direction  38 percent
  10. More willingness to listen to my feedback/concerns  21%


  1. Fewer pointless meetings  55 percent
  2. Less last-minute emergencies  47 percent
  3. Less micromanagement  40 percent
  4. Fewer requests for me to operate late/overtime 32%

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