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The Good, the Bad and the Lovely: Are these Some of the UK’s Best (and worst) Bosses?


What do you think of your boss? According to the latest data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent jobs site, the majority of Brits (80.9%) get on well with their managers. In fact, half (50.1%) revealed that at one time their boss, has gone above and beyond to do something nice for them.

Furthermore, the survey of 1,000 professionals found that the majority (90.9%) believe it’s important to get along with your manager. In a bid to uncover some of the nation’s kindest bosses, respondents were asked to share their stories of the nicest things their manager has ever done for them.

Below CV-Library shares some of the top examples:

  1. Sam from London: I had an important meeting in Paris on the same weekend as my anniversary. Knowing I was upset, my boss paid for a hotel and plane ticket so my wife could fly over and join me for the weekend.
  2. Ethan from Aberdeen: When I lost a loved one my manager told me to take as much time off as I needed, all fully paid, and even contributed towards the cost of the funeral.
  3. Iwona from Leeds: I was made redundant and the business was sold. As part of the sales agreement my manager added a clause that said the new owners would have to employ me for at least a year so I wouldn’t be out of a job.
  4. Aaron from Islington: After being assaulted I was left unable to work for six weeks. My boss gave me full pay throughout this time and even came by my house to see if my wife needed help with anything.
  5. Beth from Kidderminster: I was going through a difficult time, so my manager surprised me and my family with a holiday, which she had paid for with her own money!

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: 

“It’s great to see that the majority of UK workers get on well with their boss. A manager can make or break a role and they have a huge impact on our overall job satisfaction. When considering a new position, it’s important that you do your research and find out as much as you can about your future manager, and even your team. This will help to ensure you find a business where you know you’ll be supported and you’ll fit in well with the company culture.”

However, despite the majority having a good relationship with their manager, one in five (19.1%) confessed that they don’t get along with their boss. What’s more, 48.8% also revealed that they’ve left a job in the past because of a bad manager.

As well as sharing their positive experiences, professionals also revealed the worst things their boss has ever done. CV-Library shares some of these stories below:

  • Shaunie from Swansea: I’d been at a new company for a few months when my manager asked me out on a date. I declined and a week later was let go. He said I hadn’t met the terms of my probation period, despite being pleased with my work up until that point.
  • Ruth from Bournemouth: My boss was addicted to gambling and one particularly bad day after he’d lost on a few horses he threw his keyboard across the room, narrowly missing my head. He apologised, but I’d already decided it was time to leave!
  • Daniel from Aberdeen: My previous employer asked me to take bribes from clients. Needless to say I knew it was immoral and left the business a week later.
  • Jay from Newcastle: I went into work despite feeling unwell. Later that day I told my manager I thought it would be best if I went home. She told me that I could leave if I wanted, but it might damage my chances of landing the promotion I was up for.  
  • Emma from Edinburgh: My boss was in an accident and was unable to work. I was putting in 12 hour days to cover both of our workloads. But when his role became available for interim hire he refused to recommend me. In fact, he actually gave me the first (and only) bad review I’ve ever had!

Biggins concludes:

“Unfortunately, not everyone is cut out for a managerial role, and this is clearly illustrated in the stories shared above. No one should be made to feel uncomfortable or unappreciated at work, especially by their superiors. If you ever find yourself at the hands of an unfair or unreasonable manager, it might be time to look elsewhere for a more supportive and friendly environment.”

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CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 12m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 200 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.


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