The Cost of a Bad Boss is More Significant Than You Think

Karina Keith

Bad boss driving you crazy? You’re not alone Do you dread going to work? Does the thought of work give you nightmares? Chances are it’s …

Bad boss driving you crazy? You’re not alone

Do you dread going to work? Does the thought of work give you nightmares? Chances are it’s because your bad boss is making your day hell. Take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. Three out of four employees cited their boss as BAD, making the boss the most stressful part of the day!Fear in the Office

Need to make your boss see the light.  Check out these 3 blog posts that will shed light on the cost of your bad boss.

1. The real productivity-killer: Jerks is a must read filled with stats that prove bad bosses are bad for business. It will have your boss wishing you were seeing sheep in your sleep versus her. “Employees with bad managers are among the least productive workers” leading to employees not putting in maximum effort, taking sick time when not really sick and even hiding from the boss lady.

2. ‘The true cost of a bad boss’ brought to us by One Minute MBA is a fun video with scary stats. American companies spend an estimated $360 billion each year in health care costs as a result of bad bosses. While that number obviously won’t be as high in Canada, it’s still startling. That number is made up of stress-related health expenses, productivity losses and employee turnover. Watch this thought provoking video to learn the true cost of a bad boss.

3. Investing in leadership management seems to be the answer to making miserable employees not so miserable. How damaging is a bad boss, exactly? All evidence points to very significant. Bad bosses negate any work benefits (including pay) and good bosses lead employees to increased revenue. It all impacts on productivity.

Any way you slice it, bad bosses can make your life miserable. They’re draining. They give you nightmares. They make you hide. Besides the employee emotional and physical effects, they also cause significant decrease in workplace productivity and high employee turnover. It’s time to start investing in leadership training for managers to ensure that their effect on their staff and company overall is positive.

Does your bad boss keep you up at night? Feel free to leave a comment below or shout out to us on Facebook or Twitter. Of course, you could always write your own blog post on the subject and share it with us… We’d love to read it!



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Karina Keith is a consultant with CornerStone Dynamics Inc. 'Katching up with Karina' blogs focus on the top web finds for the month. Aligning project goals along with truly understanding what motivates people to get their jobs done is what Karina does best.

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