Back to work or to a bad boss

For most people, it’s back to work 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 mangers create plenty of problems for companies as well, leading to poor morale, less production and higher turnover.

They say that employees don’t leave their job and company, they leave their boss, said Wayne Hochwarter, an associate professor of management in the College of Business at Florida State University, who joined with two doctoral students at the school to survey more than 700 people working in a variety of jobs about how their bosses treat them.

No abuse should be taken lightly, especially in situations where it becomes a criminal act say experts.

Employees stuck in an abusive relationship experienced more exhaustion, job tension, nervousness, depressed moods and mistrust, the researcher found. They found that a good working environment is often more important than pay, and that it is no coincidence that poor morale leads to lower production. They (employees) were less likely to take on additional tasks, such as working longer or on weekends, and were generally less satisfied with their job the study found. Also employees were ore likely to leave if involved in an abusive relationship than if dissatisfied with pay.

Workers in bad situations should remain optimistic. It is important to stay positive, even when you get irritated or discouraged, because few subordinate-supervisor relationships last forever. You want the next boss to know what you can do for the company.

And workers should know where to turn if they feel threatened, harassed or discriminated against, whether it is the company’s grievance committee or finding formal representation outside. Others know who the bullies are at work and they likely have a history of mistreating others.

Some recommended methods to minimize the harm caused by an abusive supervisor are: The first is to stay visible at work. Hiding can be detrimental to your career, especially when it keeps others from noticing your talent and contributions.

The survey conducted by mail included workers who are men and women of various ages and races in the services industry and manufacturing from companies large and small. Results have shown,

· 39% of the workers surveyed said their supervisor failed to keep their promises.
· 37% said their superiors failed to give credit when due.
· 31% said their bosses gave them the ‘silent treatment’ in the past year.
· 27% said their supervisor made negative comments about them to- other workers.
· 24% said their employers invaded their privacy.
· 23% said their bosses blamed others to cover up mistakes or to minimize embarrassment.