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

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The Untrustworthy Boss

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untrustworthy boss

The Untrustworthy Boss

Follow these simples steps to become the most untrustworthy boss that ever lived…

Dangle some carrots in front of your employee’s faces. That’s right. Get them to work longer hours and more productively by telling them they will get a raise if they do X, or meet a goal of Y. The department budget, that you were given, doesn’t even have room for employee raises, but they do not need to know this bit of information. If someone gets a little rowdy about paperwork, just say that you submitted a request to your boss and are waiting to hear back (but you never did). “My hands are tied”.

Never tell your employees what you think. Is the company going under at a more rapid rate than upper management is admitting? Respond with this little gem, “There’s no truth to those layoff rumors”. Keep your employees in the dark about the impending danger because it will only cause a frenzy of people leaving the company. Do they need to know that their jobs will no longer be available in another month? No. It is your job to keep them working ignorantly and blissfully at their desks.

Tell some lies. Say something like, “I’m paying you a competitive salary”. Always assume that your employees are dumb about the internet. They will not research average salary ranges and find out what people in their position are making. But, even if they do find out that their salary is way less than it should be, they’ll just assume that you are misinformed.

Always be concerned with your own advancement; not your employee’s advancement. . . but to them you say, “My job is to make you more successful”. They will surely believe that you are looking out for their best interests. In truth, you’re thinking to yourself, “Your job is to make ME more successful”. Always take credit for a job well done and place the blame around the room when something goes wrong.

Exercise your hidden motives. Need to eliminate an employee? Let’s just say his name is Rob. Try this tactic to get rid of Rob. You overhear Rob telling another employee about his coveted concert tickets for Saturday. Call an office meeting and tell everyone in your department that the paperwork is backing up. You’ll need anyone who can volunteer to stay for some extra weekend hours. “Your participation is completely voluntary”. When Rob doesn’t show up with the rest of the group Saturday, place a pink slip on his desk Monday morning.

Conduct some shady office romance. Nothing says untrustworthy like a boss who messes around on his wife with the office loosey goosey. According to Time Magazine, only three percent of successful men divorce their wives and marry the office tramp. So, go ahead and tell that hot mess that you’ll divorce your wife and marry her. She’ll believe it and you’ll feel better. Don’t worry about the distraction and morale killer that this is having on everyone underneath you; or your clients who may be wondering if you handle your business like you handle your marriage.

Always swear to confidentiality. Want to know what your employees REALLY think about you? Send around a survey which asks employees for their opinions of the company and management. Tell them that their responses will be confidential. All the while, you know that they signed away their privacy rights the moment they signed their employment contract. Now, your employee’s opinions are instantly yours. Realistically, you wouldn’t do this to your employees because you’re an untrustworthy boss; you probably don’t even care what they think anyway.

How To Tell The Perfect Lie

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Entire Staff Quits in Middle of Back to School over Treatment by Bad Boss

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Entire Staff Quits in Middle of Back to School over Treatment by Bad Boss

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1lfbbi/people_at_a_store_at_my_mall_got_fed_up_with_the/
Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1lfbbi/people_at_a_store_at_my_mall_got_fed_up_with_the/

Note by entire staff is placed on the closed shop entrance expressing their concerns that humanity seems to be in short supply with this bad boss (the District Manager):

“Dear Jamie,

Since you decided to say “cancer is not an excuse” and think it’s ok to swear at your employees like you do ALL the time… WE QUIT. *THIS is why you can’t keep a store manager longer than a year. YOU ABUSE your roll AND staff. ENJOY the fact that you lost a store manager, co-manager, and key holder in the middle of Back to School. THINK next time you treat people the way you do.

WE AREN’T ALLOWING IT ANYMORE.

Niki, Jess, TJ”

According to a first hand account, there were two stores involved in this dispute, both with employees dealing with issues about cancer (either by family or personally). At the first store, in another local mall, the District Manager set a rule that all the managers and co-managers had to work open to close all week. They would get one day off, which the District Managers got to choose. One manager at the other store had cancer and her chemo treatment appointments were set up ahead of time; but her 40 hours for that week were already set. The District Manager told her to change her hours but, given that her appointments were set, she couldn’t change her schedule.

This is when the District Manager responded “cancer isn’t an excuse”. At the second store (this particular one above), one manager received the same call about hours and an employee whose mom has cancer had the same problem. She needed the time off to driver her mom to chemo appointments but when requesting the time off, she received the same answer that the manager at the other store experienced, “cancer isn’t an excuse”.

The employees were fed up with being treated like this so the managers, co-managers, and key holders at both stores just quit right on the spot. There’s obviously more details to the story, but apparently the issue with cancer and missing chemo treatments was enough to set this group off.

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1lfbbi/people_at_a_store_at_my_mall_got_fed_up_with_the/

It got REAL when they decided to use different colored markers. This is why you should respect your employees. What do you think about this? Leave your comments below.

Employee Quits Her Job Worst Way Possible – Her Boss Responds Way Worse

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Letter of Resignation Cake – How to Quit Like a Boss

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Letter of Resignation Cake

Letter of Resignation Cake
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W. Neil Berrett gave his two week’s notice of his intent to resign on a cake. The letter was written in frosting on a full sheet sized cake. Berrett says the cake was delicious and it was well received.

The resignation letter reads…

“Dear Mr. Bowers,

During the past three years, my tenure at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been nothing short of pure excitement, joy and whim.

However, I have decided to spend more time with my family and attend to health issues that have recently arisen. I am proud to have been part of such an outstanding team and I wish this organization only the finest in future endeavors.

Please accept this cake as notification that I am leaving my position with NWT on March 27.

Sincerely,

W. Neil berrett”

Berrett did submit a paper resignation letter. He says, it’s hard to file away a cake. What do you think about this letter of resignation? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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