Survey: Worker Relationships With Supervisors, Colleagues Remain Strong

MENLO PARK, CA -- Lean economic times do not appear to have harmed work relationships, a new survey suggests. Eighty-seven percent of professionals interviewed recently said they have a good rapport with their supervisors and 95 percent get along well with coworkers. In fact, slightly more respondents today described their relationships with supervisors and peers as “very good” than did participants in a 2005 survey on the same subject.

The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 457 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment.

Workers were asked, “In general, how would you describe your relationship with your supervisor?” Their responses:

  2009 2005
Very good 65% 61%
Good 22% 26%
Fair 6% 8%
Poor 2% 2%
Don't have a supervisor/owner of business 5% 1%
Don't know/no answer     0%     2%
  100% 100%

Workers also were asked, “In general, how would you describe your relationship with your coworkers?” Their responses:

  2009 2005
Very good 70% 63%
Good 25% 28%
Fair 3% 7%
Poor 0% 1%
Don't have coworkers 2% 0%
Don't know/no answer     0%     1%
  100% 100

“In good times and bad, building strong relationships with peers and supervisors is a priority for most professionals,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Motivating Employees For Dummies® (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). “Employers must continually nurture a culture in which employees feel valued and engaged -- workers who enjoy interacting with each other not only make the office more pleasant, but also produce better work.”

Messmer added, “Colleagues who have established strong rapport are more likely to support one another when presented with challenges or new responsibilities. Employers should look for opportunities to strengthen ties with their staff and help them bond with each other, such as by assigning mentors and encouraging people to assist those with rising workloads.”

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