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Happy National Boss Day: Most Taboo Workplace Topics

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President Obama may be commander-in-chief of the United States, but what would it be like to have him as the boss in your office? According to a recent survey, many Americans wouldn't mind.

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In honor of Best Boss' Day, which is celebrated Oct. 16, Adecco released its annual "Best Boss Day Survey," which found President Obama would make the best boss relative to other likely 2012 presidential candidates. The current commander garnered 37% of the votes.

Despite the rocky economy, the survey found many employees are feeling happy and secure with their office’s leadership:  59% reported they wouldn't change a thing about their boss. Employees also feel strongly that their boss would fight to keep them, with 78% saying they feel their boss would "go to bat" for them if their job was on the line.

The telephone survey was conducted by Opinion Research Corporation International, on behalf of Adecco, among 834 full or part-time employed Americans aged 18 and up.

Kathy Kane, senior vice president of talent management at Adecco, said she was surprised that most workers wouldn't change anything about their boss . Kane said the economic climate and tight job market account for this satisfaction among workers.

"People right now that are employed feel very lucky that there are employed," she said. "Those who are still employed might feel that they have survived up until now, and that they are a part of the 'chosen few.' That leads to having a better relationship with their boss."

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However, these same employees question whether their bosses are passionate about their jobs; 25% of respondents said they would most like to ask their higher-up if he or she is passionate about the work they do. Also, employees making less than $75,000 are nearly two times more likely to want to ask their boss about his or her salary (24%) than those making more than $75,000 annually (14%).

There is one thing most employees aren't looking to talk about with their bosses, or anyone else in the workplace: relationship status. One-quarter of Americans said this topic the most uncomfortable to discuss, followed by political beliefs (16%) and medical history (11%).

Respondents also said double dating with your significant other (43%) and going to a movie (38%) with your boss are the two most awkward activities to do outside of the office.

"People like to like the people they work with, and enjoy having social interaction, but relationship status is where people draw the line," she said. "It's not about being embarrassed about a certain behavior…it's more about privacy."

 

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