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New Study Results: Everybody Suffers Under a Bully Boss

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New Study Results: Everybody Suffers Under a Bully Boss

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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.

Resources:

  • 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

Disclaimer: Working for a bully boss is distressing. Do you have a real life experience working for a bully boss? Please tell us about it in the comments below.

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Great Boss Award: Boss Pays for Workers to RELAX!

relax workGreat Boss Award: Boss Pays for Workers to RELAX!

A great boss pays for his workers to Relax! No, this is not a joke. Normally, an employee relaxing on the job is labeled as a slacker. Someone who gains an eyebrow lift from any rational boss who discourages slacking on his watch. Slacking has become increasingly worse in recent years due to social media. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Amazon are the top three sites which employees use for personal reasons while on the clock.

Some other ways that employees slack are by conducting excessive meetings, interacting with co-workers, participating in office politics, and surfing the internet, among others. According to Cheryl Connor, with Forbes Magazine, the number one reason why employees slack is because they do not feel challenged enough in their job. The second reason, according to Forbes, is that they work too many hours. So maybe this great boss is onto something by giving his employees some needed time to relax…

 Attract the best Employees by being the best Employer.Lee Wenyong

At Lee Wenyong & Co, an analytics firm in Malaysia, one great boss, Max Lee, encourages employees to do just that: RELAX and REST DURING WORK HOURS! Mr. Lee rents office buildings and public libraries across Singapore for about $1200 per month. He allows his 22 employees to use these facilities with access to free Wi-Fi and refreshments located in the business lounges.

Le Wenyong & Co, specializes in “analyzing business and HR data from small and medium-sized enterprises, and rolling out plans to boost their profits” – Malaysia Chronicle. Targets are based on projects with employees being responsible to meet deadlines.

In an attempt to prevent his workers from leaving his company, he is incredibly supportive of his worker’s relaxation or pursuit of their own personal hobbies using the facilities which he pays for. Quite a few of his employees have gladly accepted his offer and are thankful for the opportunity. Activities range anywhere from composing lyrics to hip hop songs to practicing magic tricks.

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How has this impacted the company? Employees respect Max Lee for allowing and trusting them to balance their work-life and therefore are feeling motivated to meet their work goals. Many are expressing their loyalty to the company because of the provisions and rare opportunity. The company has successfully boosted productivity, maximized creativity, and ensured the retention of high performers. The bosses at Lee Wenyong & Co are responsible for their department outcomes; not behaviors.

According to Lee Wenyong & Co, because “people spend so much time and work, there’s no harm injecting leisure at work. It’s about employers learning to trust their high performing employees” – Lee Wenyong & Co.

This article source and first appeared on Malaysia Chronical.

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Do you work for a great boss? Tell us about it by contacting us HERE. We may feature your story in one of our future blog posts.

Have you heard of the Bad Boss Tax?

Businessman writing a positive conceptHave you heard of the Bad Boss Tax?

Some employees make such a low wage that they are forced to rely on government programs to make ends meet. Food stamps, transportation, and housing assistance, such as HUD (housing and urban development) are just a few ways the state supports those who do not make a living wage. When low income is an issue, for an employee, another consideration is their medical expenses. How do employees pay for health care if they can not even afford groceries, housing, or transportation? In these cases, an inadequate income results in an employee’s reliance on state funded medical insurance, such as Medicaid.

What if your boss had to pay a fee to the state for paying you so badly?

The state could therefore use that money to fund these programs which support low income workers.


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A statewide network in Minnesota, called TakeAction Minnesota, is working to realize racial and economic equality across their state. Their goal is to make that “Bad Boss” fee a reality. In fact, a bill is being developed for introduction in 2015 by state legislators who have supported the network in the past. The “bad business fee” legislation will require the company to provide a head count report of how many employees are on public assistance by the state or federal government. In tern, the business will be fined for the support their employees are receiving.

TakeAction Minnesota, in their desire for income inequality to change, hopes to lead the way for the “Bad Boss” fee to take off on a larger national effort. They are doing so by connecting with other labor and community organization groups who have the same goals to create policies and laws, improve organizations, and change unhealthy ideas or perceptions, Learn more about the TakeAction Minnesota network by clicking HERE.

The answer to the poll above? ALL OF THE ABOVE. Some sobering statistics about just HOW MUCH these vampire businesses are draining from local, state, and federal coffers can be viewed HERE.

 TakeAction Minnesota – Our Work

What if YOUR boss had a Vagina?

Vagina BossWhat if YOUR boss had a Vagina?

NBC is producing a comedy about what happens when bosses have vaginas. This new comedy was inspired by an essay, written by Hillary Winston, which appeared in Playboy last year. The essay was appropriately named, “When Your Boss Has a Vagina”. The project, which is currently untitled, will be headed by Ms. Winston, who is known for her role in the popular CBS sitcom, “Bad Teacher”.

Bad Teacher

According to Jenny Kutner, with Salon News, Hillary’s essay indicates that we can expect to see a lot of “good old-fashioned overblown gender stereotypes”. Hillary states that gender is not a factor at all in bad bossing, because she has worked with bad bosses of both sexes. Hillary tells us how a bad boss, in any sex, may behave:

  • Have a fight with your fiance the night before and take it out on your employees.
  • Make your employee work on the weekend but don’t tell them until Friday.
  • Stock the break room with only snacks that you like.
  • Notice that your employee’s car isn’t there right at nine.
  • Doubt that your employee is telling the truth about being sick.
  • Resent your employee’s appointments: car trouble, out-of-town weddings, dentist, etc.
  • Leave early just to beat traffic, but make your employees stay and work.

So, how should a bad boss “with a vagina” act, in the opinion of Hillary? She states that there are differences between men and women bad bosses due to social customers; such as opening the door for a woman, wearing low cut provocative clothing, and having your ass checked out by men (because you’re a woman; not because you’re the boss).


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The plot is about a new “lady boss” who joins a “fratty corporate office”. Salon News writer, Jenny Kutner, believes that along with the sexually objectifying jokes, at female boss’s expense, we may also see a few helpful lessons, to be learned in the series, about equality in the workplace.

Gender Equality Works…


Article Source:

Kutner, Jenny.  NBC picks up a new “comedy” about what happens when bosses have vaginas. Retrieved on August 11, 2014 from http://www.salon.com/2014/08/08/nbc_picks_up_a_new_comedy_about_what_happens_when_bosses_have_vaginas/