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Bosses on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

August 5th, 2008

Is the lame economy driving your boss over the edge? Or maybe it’s just the heat that’s making your manager even more cranky and power-mad than usual.

MSNBC.com contributor Eva Tahmincioglu sees a trend. She writes, “I’ve been hearing lots of hair-raising stories lately about bosses who may have had a tendency to be mean but are now acting like full-blown Darth Vaders. Many workplace experts believe tough economic times and the constant drumbeat to do more with fewer people may be driving managers over to the dark side.” Read Eva’s article about increasingly bad boss behavior in today’s job market.

Another reason for the surge in manager misanthropy: Bad bosses think they can get away with treating employees unfairly because many workers are afraid to leave due to the shaky job market. I’ve seen lots of bad bosses, inappropriate behavior, and abysmal employee satisfaction survey results ignored by the corporate powers-that-be. The attitude seems to be, “What are they going to do, quit?”

Of course, this is a stupid and shortsighted point of view. Mistreated workers grow more bitter and unproductive every day and are likely to bolt at the first opportunity.

Tahmincioglu offers some tips for dealing with mean bosses. She suggests confronting your manager diplomatically or going over a bad boss’ head if the situation gets severe.

In many cases, however, there is little that you can do to reform a toxic boss. Your best bet may be to leave. Remember: There are other jobs out there even if the economic picture isn’t quite as rosy as we’d like it to be.

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2 Comments
Mark McClure

Pam,

I’d consider sending a copy of Max Landsberg’s classic book, “The Tao Of Coaching”, thru the internal mail with the typed greeting – “from a mentor”. Nothing else.

I wouldn’t sign it in case the goon goes and hires a handwriting expert lol!

(Sub-title of Max’s book:
“Boost Your effectiveness at work by inspiring and developing those around you.”)

Let he/she worry who sent it.
Best case – they might even read and start to change.

regards

Pamela Skillings

I love the way you think!

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