Wednesday, January 3, 2007

The Prevalance of Bad Bosses

Boss_button_6 A  few weeks ago, I posted an article on how American bosses, along with their Mexican counterparts, were considered to be pretty good by their employees.

Now comes another study that says not so fast.  From (via the AP):

For most people, it's back to work Tuesday after a holiday weekend with family and friends. And for many, a new study shows, it will be under a bad boss. Nearly two of five bosses don't keep their word and more than a fourth bad mouth those they supervise to co-workers, the Florida State University study shows.

And those all-too-common poor managers create plenty of problems for companies as well, leading to poor morale, less production and higher turnover.

Employees stuck in an abusive relationship experienced more exhaustion, job tension, nervousness, depressed moods and mistrust, the researchers found. They found that a good working environment is often more important than pay, and that it's no coincidence that poor morale leads to lower production.

So which survey is more accurate?  Well, I guess it not only depends on whom you work for, but also whether there is likely to be over- or under-reporting of supervisory abuses depending on the industry and how the survey questions are asked in the first place.

One thing is for sure, however: as long as there are bosses, there will be unhappy subordinate employees.

Hat Tip:  Miriam Cherry


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Several years ago I wrote a book on the subject of workplace culture and employee morale. It is as relevant today as it was then. Employee morale is directly linked to the interaction of employees with line managers who are charged with executing the policies and strategies of companies. Unfortunately, many of these managers subvert the good intentions of the organization to meet their own personal goals and agendas at the expense of their peers and subordinates. This management subculture is the result of a corporate culture of ignorance, indifference and excuse. Better corporate level leadership is the key. Read more in "160 Degrees of Deviation: The Case for the Corporate Cynic."

Posted by: Jerome Alexander | Jan 13, 2007 8:12:36 AM

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