Japanese bosses that make you want to quit


goo Ranking conducted another entertaining survey, this time looking at what features of one’s boss makes one want to switch departments or otherwise change jobs.


Over the 5th and 6th of October 2012 1,064 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.2% of the sample were female, 10.5% in their teens, 13.7% in their twenties, 26.6% in their thirties, 27.6% in their forties, 11.7% in their fifties, and 9.9% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I’ll use “him” throughout the survey as managerial posts are overwhelmingly staffed by males, and anyway most of the complaints sound like they are about men, not women.

Fortunately I don’t have a boss who suffers from 5, both 7s, 9, 11, 14, 17 to 22, and 27, if you catch my drift. Here’s the best BOSS in Japan:

Ranking result

Q: What features of your boss makes you want to change jobs to get away from him or her? (Sample size=1,064)

Rank Score
1Always changing his mind100
2Always irritable97.2
3Body odour, stinky breath86.5
4Behaviour changing depending on the underling, unfairness83.3
5Sucking up to important people81.3
7=Irrational anger76.9
7=Not acknowledging his mistakes76.9
9Passing the buck for all bothersome tasks to his underlines76.1
10All talk and no action75.7
11Often using sexist language, but being self-unaware72.5
12No ability65.3
13Poor at polite language64.5
14Just full of his own self-importance63.7
15Takes the credit for other people’s successes62.5
16Slave driver61.4
17Soon forgetting what he said53.0
18Never praising his underlings50.2
19Lectures at people in front of others47.8
20Tends to forget to pass on important information47.0
21Talks on and on46.6
22Full of boastful talk45.8
24Judging people’s value by their length of service, not ability43.4
25Jealous of underlings cleverer than him43.0
26Messy desk28.3
27Always talking of the past when he goes out drinking26.7
28Doesn’t want to communicate20.7
29Tells corny jokes19.9
30Always losing things16.7

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