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Does Your Boss Say ‘I’m Sorry’?

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Working a 9 to 5 job for a horrible boss definitely has its moments! For instance, how many times has this happened to you recently, your boss blames you for a mistake they actually ended up making?

Is there anything more infuriating than that?

And let me guess, once you pointed out that the screw up wasn’t your fault, and you discovered that your boss is in fact the culprit in the matter; he or she refuses to apologize. Instead they just pretend like it never happened.

According to a new survey that type of behavior goes on all too often from supervisors in the workplace.

Only 5% of employees say their boss apologizes once they get caught making a screw up on the job. But get a load of this, when bosses were asked that very same question, 49% said they always apologize. Shocker huh?

On the flip side, 50% of the employees surveyed say their boss rarely or never apologizes for one of their own mistakes.

If you are counting on getting an apology from the boss anytime soon, don’t hold your breath. Here are the top reasons most supervisors refuse to apologize to their employees:

  • 51% are afraid it will make them look incompetent.


  • 18% are afraid the apology will make them look weak.


  • 18% say, it’s, quote “not necessary.”


  • 7% say, quote, “I’m the boss, I shouldn’t have to apologize.”


  • And 6% say it didn’t make sense to apologize in the situation.

If love means never having to say you’re sorry, leadership should always mean having to say you’re sorry. A trait found in a remarkable boss.

Source: PR Newswire

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