Why your manager gets paid more than you
The average manager is worth 1.75 employees, a new study has found.
The new research also suggests that the average boss motivates and teaches employees skills that last.
A report by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) set to find out just how important the role of supervisor is.
By studying data based on the productivity of a technology-based services company, the effects of the average supervisor are estimated and found to make a significant impact.
According to the Smithsonian magazine, the study evaluated about 24,000 workers and 2,000 employees.
For the study, the employees were given a repetitive task assessed and timed by a computer and the employees switched managers about every four months.
They discovered that the role of the boss to motivate, set goals, critique and assess workers actually had a huge impact on the productivity.
The choice of manager is crucial, as the quality of the boss directly effects worker productivity.
"Replacing a boss who is in the lower 10 per cent of boss quality with one who is in the upper 10 per cent of boss quality increases a team's total output by about the same amount as would adding one worker to a nine member team," the Daily Mail quoted the NBER as saying.
"Using a normalization, this implies that the average boss is about 1.75 times as productive as the average worker,' it said.
Secondly, a manager is responsible for teaching skills that last beyond the current role, making the employee more effective and accomplished.
By correctly assigning strong bosses to hard-working employees, they increase the productivity of high quality workers.
"Every new member in a hierarchical organization climbs the hierarchy until he/she reaches his/her level of maximum incompetence," it added.