Employees spend 6 days a year slagging off their boss

The average employee spends the equivalent of more than six working days a year slagging off their boss, a study has found.

A poll of 2,000 office workers found more than six in ten regularly have a moan about their manager to other colleagues during lunchbreaks, on social media or even while sat at their desks.

But these little moans add up to a total of an hour and five minutes of each working week is spent grumbling about their boss – the equivalent of almost six-and-a-half working days each year.

It’s women who are most likely to have a moan, with 68 per cent admitting to doing so compared to just 57 per cent of men.

They don’t always get away with it though, with almost one in five workers getting caught slagging off their boss – and an unlucky one in twenty being overheard by the very person they were complaining about.

A spokesman for UK-based recruitment company RSG, which commissioned the research, said: “Most people will have the occasional moan and groan about work, but it’s staggering to see just how long these little moans amount to over a longer period of time.

“No-one expects you to be happy at work every single second of every day, but getting stuck in a cycle of endless moaning can quickly bring your mood down.

“Even sitting next to someone who is regularly complaining about your manager can affect your own mood, regardless of whether you agree with them or not.

“We spend a lot of our time at work so if you aren’t happy about something, it’s important to deal with it in the right way to try and rectify it.

“But it’s also important for employers to make sure their workforce is happy – happy workers are likely to be far more productive than those who spend their days needing to let off steam.”

Researchers revealed the average worker complains or talks about their boss to another person once a day, and has negative thoughts about their manager another eight times a week.

One in five workers even admitted to spending the equivalent of at least one hour every day feeling unhappy with their boss.

Despite this, 62 per cent say they try and avoid getting dragged into it whenever someone is complaining at work.

But worryingly for employers, half of their workers moan about their manager while at their desk, with another 14 per cent using instant messages or Skype to discuss their gripes with friends and colleagues.

More than one in ten emails their fellow workers, with one in twenty letting off steam on their social media profile

Less than three in ten save their complaints for their break time.

But their unguarded moans have led to trouble for some with 19 per cent being caught out – one in twenty by the person they were talking about.

One respondent complained about their boss in an email to their colleague – only for that email to be forwarded to the person they were discussing.

Another was taking the mick out of their manager over the phone, but later discovered that the call was recorded.

The study also found three quarters believe there is a ‘moaning culture’ in their workplace, especially if a certain member of staff or manager is in.

And 71 per cent say you only need one person to be moaning about the job or their boss for it to bring everyone else’s mood down as well.

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