Friday, August 03, 2007

Get ahead: be a bad boss

How do people get ahead in the workplace?

One way seems to be by making their subordinates miserable, according to an Australian study released today.

In the study to be presented at a conference on management this weekend, almost two-thirds of the 240 participants in an online survey said the local workplace tyrant was either never censured or was promoted for domineering ways.

"The fact that 64.2 per cent of the respondents indicated that either nothing at all or something positive happened to the bad leader is rather remarkable - remarkably disturbing," wrote the study's authors, Anthony Don Erickson, Ben Shaw and Zha Agabe of Bond University in Australia.

Despite their success in the office, spiteful supervisers can cause serious malaise for their subordinates, the study suggested, citing nightmares, insomnia, depression and exhaustion as symptoms of serving a brutal boss.

The authors advocated immediate intervention by industry chiefs to stop fledgling office authoritarians from rising up the ranks.

"As with any sort of cancer, the best alternative to prevention is early detection," they wrote.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In my last job, my manager managed suck up to the senior manager who guaranteed he got promoted. He was a paraniod and calculating psychopath. Dispite at least 4 people leaving the company as a direct result of him. They had all complained to the senior manager and HR, but they did nothing.
Instead people left and the ass got promoted.

So as you see this study is absolutley correct. Bad people get promoted!

I may be because management see it as a sign of someone who will be good at business because they are ruthless, cold, and heartless. Or maybe upper management see qualities in the psychopath that they see in themselves and they are the ones who continue with the tadition of promoting the psychopaths.

These are the people who will fire half their workforce for a million dollar bonus without even considering the consequences it may have on their staff and their families, financially or mentally.