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Managers Spend One Day Per Week Dealing With Arguing Employees

If you're a parent, you probably spend a fair amount of your time managing sibling conflicts of the "he took my toy" variety.

It turns out managers are doing the same thing at work.

A new Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 senior managers finds they're spending around seven hours per week -- or nine weeks per year -- listening to employees bitch about each other.

Instead of doing some long-range planning, managers are spending their time telling Dave not to use Susan's favorite pen and telling Susan she needs to work it out with Dave instead of running to management. Damn, no one said management would be this hard. Just wait until the CEO gets home -- er, back from lunch -- because you're in big-time trouble now. Oh crap, I'm the CEO. Sigh. Settle down everyone, or we're turning this carpool van around and going right back to the office! That means no off-site training for you!

So if your boss gets fed up, mutters something about needing a vacation and sends everyone to their cubicles without dinner, you'll know why.


  1. It seems like the lost productivity due to workplace bickering has been increasing. I wonder if it's because of economic uncertainty and if people are starting to feel increasing levels of stress. Another perspective is that the corporate culture has gotten a bit childish. It seems that the concept of Casual Fridays is a symptom of people losing touch with workplace decorum. At my old workplace, I wouldn't have considered arguing with a coworker (at least not loudly or publicly,) but now it would seem that the "me, me, me" generation (thanks Dr. Spock) has culminated in the workplace often resembling a 10th grade lunch period. Anyway, great post.

  2. Hmm...very interesting insights, Brian. Maybe it's fear, maybe it's generational, or maybe it's a combination? It could be very interesting to explore this topic further...

    The comments section on my blog is rather like an empty restaurant no one wants to go into, so I thank you for taking the time to tell us what you're seeing.


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