New Study Results: Everybody Suffers Under a Bully Boss
Bully bosses are toxic! Their abusive speech and other bad behavior spreads like a virus, infecting the whole office.
Bully bosses communicate by losing their temper, yelling, and belittling their subordinates. Often a bully boss will single out one employee to take out their negativity or aggression. If you’ve ever had to experience the abuse of a bully boss, you know how draining it can be.
However, the whole team will suffer at the hands of a bully boss, according to a new study by a team of researchers at Michigan State University. The study showed that the entire team suffers when a bully boss picks on just one employee.
How does the team suffer? Their productivity decreases as a direct result of verbal abuse and/or demeaning E-mails from the bully boss. Not only does a targeted employee suffer, but the whole team falls into conflicts which results in a loss of productivity.
“Teams characterized by relationship conflict,” lead investigator Crystal Farh said in a press release, “are hostile toward other members, mistreat them, speak to them rudely and experience negative emotions toward them.”
The whole group’s attitudes and behaviors start to reflect those of the bully boss as they act in a similar and hostile manner toward one another. The sobering truth is that everyone suffers at the hand of a bully boss.
When this happens, the company loses big time because now the whole team requires interpersonal relationships to be repaired. Trust among group members will have to be rebuilt as well.
Entis, Laura. (2014) Bosses Who Pick on One Employee Ruin Everyone’s Productivity, Study Shows. Retrieved on September24, 2014 from http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237110.
Farh, Crystal & Andy Henion. (2014). Abusive Leadership Infects Entire Team. Retrieved on September 24, 2014 from http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/abusive-leadership-infects-entire-team/.
Farh, Crystal & Chen Z. (2014). Beyond the Individual Victim: Multilevel Consequences of Abusive Supervision in Teams. Retrieved on September 24, 2014 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25111251.
The Boss from Hell…The Bully
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Are you ready for the next global crisis? In the workplace, bad bosses are spreading like wildfire! An alarming 80% of employees say that their bosses are lousy. A study by Harvey Hornstein, PhD. provides that 90% of the U.S. workforce have been subjected to abusive behavior at some point in their career. Job seekers join great companies but quit because of bad bosses. As a result the organization is drained of thousands of dollars. We’re here to give you the 101 on how to cope with this growing problem.
Although we make fun of bad bosses, here at the “How To Be a Bad Boss” Blog, working for a bad boss is no laughing matter. It will truly cause you health problems and a lack of enthusiasm for going to work and facing him every day. The sad fact is that a great majority of Bad Bosses do not understand what it means to be a Good Boss. This can be a direct result of undertraining or corporate culture. If you find yourself working for a bad boss, rather than transferring departments or leaving the company, what can you do about it?
According to Dr. Randall S. Hansen, the following are suggestions for coping with a Bad Boss. Read his full article HERE.
Try your BEST to do a good job. – First, ensure that you are doing a good job. This may be difficult given that Bad Bosses drain employees of enthusiasm. If your bad boss is affecting your morale or performance, try to focus on your work and find outside ways to motivate yourself. One method to do this is to create long term goals for yourself. Keep these future goals in mind, while completing tasks today that you might not want to do in your current job.
Create a list of abusive behaviors. – How does your bad boss drive you insane? Start a list and write down the abusive things that he does. Be honest about the list. Go over it and revise it for a time while you add or remove any traits. Next, rank the traits from least to worst offensive. Make note of ideas for improvement for your boss. Try not to include resentment or hostility. Have an outside party (not a colleague) review the list and edit again. Then, schedule a time to discuss it with your boss.
Document abusive behaviors. – Keep a journal where you document the bad boss’s behaviors. List the facts of the situation and how the behavior negatively effected your job performance–along with your coworkers. The activity may be enough to help you cope with the trying circumstances. If you decide to leave the organization, bring the journal to an ethical colleague in your human resources department or perhaps a mentor within the company.
Find and Develop a Mentoring Relationship. – For those who want to keep their jobs, consider finding and developing a relationship with another supervisor or boss either in your department or within the organization. A mentor can be a useful source as they can offer advise or possibly even suggest you for a promotion. Not only that, but this person may be in a position to help you with the bad boss situation after you have all the abusive behavior documentation in order.
Have your Bad Boss Investigated. – As a last resort, consider approaching your Bad Boss’s direct supervisor about the bad behavior — or again a trusted colleague in HR. Some companies have policies regarding a chain of command which you will want to follow. The sad fact, Dr. Randall S. Hansen brings out that, after doing so, you may be branded as a trouble-maker (with your days being numbered) even though that goes against the logic that the company would not want an abusive manager in their business.
Don’t just do nothing! – No one should have to work for a bad boss. So, don’t let it effect your health, self-esteem, or sanity. Problems rarely ever fix themselves. If you are unsuccessful in correcting the situation and the Bad Boss seems reluctant to change, begin looking for a new job. You can use your network to search within the organization or outside of the company. A bad boss may try to sabotage your transfer within the company. Never quit before you have a new job lined out.
How to Deal with a Bad Boss by CBS
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