Most American workers say they don't need a boss
lurking about in order to be productive. Better than two-thirds of
employed adults recently queried by The Gallup Organization for
Accountants On Call say their supervisor's presence has little effect
on their productivity. In fact, 38% of those polled say they
are most productive when their supervisor isn't around. Just 16% admit their boss's presence spurs them to work harder.
These findings do support another often-heard
piece of management advice: to get top performance, give employees
what they need to do their jobs and get out of their way.
"Training Today," Training Magazine, December 1996