American office workers would rather have more feedback from their supervisors than more money, a new poll has shown.

The poll of 2,000 Americans examined the very important role manager-worker relationships play at work.

Over a third of respondents are office workers (many of whom are currently working from home on account of the pandemic). They listed more feedback on their role as the number one thing ( 53 percent ) they want to see more of from their boss, beating out extra compensation ( 48% ), and more honest communication ( 48 percent ).

The poll, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Motivosity, took a dip into our relationship with our bosses.

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The results found that, of respondents that have been employed ( 78% ), seven in ten have admired one of the supervisors as a role model.

When it came to the very best qualities respondents appreciated in a boss, optimistic attitude topped the list with 46%.

Communication skills ( 46% ) and organizational skills (43%) also made it into the top three.

Logan Mallory, Vice President of Marketing in Motivosity stated, “Managers are key to great company cultures. They impact how people feel about showing up to work every day. Essentially 46 percent of your staff is asking for leaders who bring a positive attitude to work and communicate consistently. That requires an intentional approach and the right tools, but it doesn’t require massive budgets or years of training. ”

A positive influence like an admirable boss can have a long-term effect, as 71 percent of respondents said their role models impact their behavior on a daily basis.

The average person has four role models in their lifetime, and range from family members such as moms (59%), fathers ( 61 percent ), and grandparents ( 44 percent ) to people respondents have never met.

Beyond personal relationships 45 percent of respondents stated they admire a historic figure and two in five ( 42 percent ) look as much as a writer.

Forty percent have a politician as a motivator, while more than a third ( 35% ) respect an activist and 38% consider a director or actor worthy of praise.

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Team members give their best effort when theyre working for someone they respect and trust, said Logan Mallory of Motivosity. “The best managers act more like coaches: Set the right priorities, check-in with constant 1 on 1s and take a consultative approach instead of being directive. If managers do that and make sure their staff ’s day-to-day work is noticed and appreciated, it makes all the difference. ”


  1. More feedback on their role  53%
  2. More money   48 percent
  3. More honest communication  48 percent
  4. Higher title  47%
  5. More appreciation  41 percent
  6. More recognition  41 percent
  7. More frequent one-on-one meetings  40 percent
  8. More responsibilities  38%
  9. More transparency on company direction  38 percent
  10. More openness to listen to my feedback/concerns  21 percent


  1. Fewer pointless meetings  55%
  2. Less last-minute emergencies  47 percent
  3. Less micromanagement  40 percent
  4. Fewer requests for me to operate late/overtime 32 percent

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