The Boss From Hell
We have all at some time or the other had a "boss from hell." I for one have had my share. In one company I worked for executives who seemed to try to outdo each other for toughness and would even brag about, and recount how successful they were, at driving employees from the company.
To think someone could be proud of that. "Not on my watch," one vice president was fond of saying as she explained how she humiliated someone.
Several studies have shown many employees give as much importance to their relationship with the boss as they do with a spouse or close friend. That means a rocky relationship with the boss can cause untold stress, low productivity, lead to clinical depression and contribute to absenteeism and the like.
In an article in Psychology Today, Brad Gilbreath of Indiana University indicated his studies show a well paying job, a rewarding job or even good relationships with coworkers cannot completely compensate for a bad relationship with a boss from hell.
Gilbreath and others say a bad boss is the No. 1 reason for staff turnover.
Bosses identified as noncaring and abusive almost always have their own take on employee behavior, work ethic and turnover. For example, they almost universally absolve themselves of responsibility for employees' departure.
I have heard:
Tell us your accounts of your experiences with a boss from hell; you can be anonymous if you like. Or you can use the "a friend of mine" literary license to protect the innocent.
I am also interested in hearing from bosses who think they have been unfairly called the boss from hell or who otherwise think employees slack off too much and expect to be coddled by bosses. I would like to hear from both sides.