Few bosses need worry that their employees want their jobs as most workers are just happy to be employed and one fifth would even have a fling with their boss if it helped their career, according to a US survey。
The US recession has driven bosses and their employees closer together and only 30 percent of employees want their boss's stressful job, recruitment firm Adecco Staffing US found in a poll tied to National Boss Day in mid-October。
But the survey found that some people are willing to go to greater lengths to keep their jobs in a tough market。
Almost one in five said they would have a fling with their boss if it would help their career and a similar number share connections with their boss through social networking sites like Facebook or LinkedIn。
Striving for the boss's job is not a top priority, though。
Employees with children aged 18 or under at home are more likely (39 percent vs. 23 percent) to want their boss's job to help pay for education and other costs。
With unemployment brushing up against 10 percent, those still working "feel like they were the chosen ones, like they got a vote of confidence from their boss that they're good enough to be retained," said David Adams, Adecco Group North America vice president of learning and development in Seattle。
That, and the smaller number of employees in many departments, strengthened ties between employees and bosses。
"Recession tested people's values and many realize that it's not all about work," said Adams, adding that workers saw peers climb the corporate ladder only to be laid off。
More than three-quarters of bosses said they felt stronger bonds to their employees than three years ago, and 61 percent of the employees agreed。
This may not change any time soon, even though the private-sector National Bureau of Economic Research last month called the recession over as of June 2009.
"Although it's technically over, nobody feels that it is over," said Adams.