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SURVEY SHOWS MANAGERS SHY AWAY FROM ADMITTING BLUNDERS; STAFF EMPLOYEES MORE LIKELY TO TELL OF THEIR MISTAKES

 SURVEY SHOWS MANAGERS SHY AWAY FROM ADMITTING BLUNDERS;
 STAFF EMPLOYEES MORE LIKELY TO TELL OF THEIR MISTAKES
 MENLO PARK, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- If you make a mistake at work, do you admit it? According to a recent survey, managers are less inclined to reveal their errors than are staff-level employees.
 The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's largest temporary personnel service for accounting, bookkeeping and information systems. It was conducted by an independent research firm, which polled 200 executives of the nation's 1,000 largest companies.
 Respondents were asked: In general, who do you think is more willing to admit to their mistakes? Their response:
 Top management 29 percent
 Middle management 29 percent
 Staff-level employees 37 percent
 Don't know 5 percent
 Total 100 percent
 "While managers who repeatedly admit to making errors may lose the confidence of their staff," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, "openness about mistakes leads to a more motivational work environment in which people are willing to take risks.
 "Employees at all levels who demonstrate honesty and offer prompt solutions to problems will benefit their careers as well as corporate productivity," Messmer added.
 There are more than 150 Accountemps offices in the United States, Canada and Europe.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Taylor, 415-854-9700, or Marc Silbert, 516-767-3700, both of Accountemps/
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