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What to Do If You Have a Bad Boss

Part II

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Karen Woodard-ChavezKaren Woodard-Chavez

This article is Part II of a 2-part article. Part I was titled Do You Have a Bad Boss or Are you a Bad Boss? and appeared in the November 2018 Edition of Club Insider. Part II now follows, entitled What to Do If You Have a Bad Boss.

Organizations worried about attracting and keeping the best talent may want to take a close look at how their managers treat employees and not tolerate bad bosses in the organization. In an article in the Wall Street Journal dated 12/4/2018, one of the elements most attractive to employees in an organization is freedom from fear. As the article references, "growing divisiveness and stridency in public life, a sense of belonging at the office will be increasingly prized by employees and a crucial condition for fostering innovation." If you have bad bosses and tolerate them (see behaviors that characterize bad bosses in Part I of this article), then freedom from fear will not happen in your workplace. Instead, your workplace will be filled with fear and animosity.

Most employees want to go to work, be engaged, feel like they belong, feel like what they do and say has a positive impact on the organization and get what I refer to as the "3 Goodies." The 3 Goodies are: Professional Reward, Personal Reward and Financial Reward. Think of the 3 Goodies as a stool with three legs and each of the Goodies is a leg. If any one of the Goodies is missing, then the "stool" no longer becomes a stool but instead a heap of wood on the floor that is good for nothing except perhaps fire wood. As an example, if you have an employee that is receiving their financial rewards, but perhaps not their professional or personal rewards, they are highly likely to leave your organization for one where all 3 Goodies are received. To support this disconcerting trend, the 2017 Employee Retention, Engagement and Workplace Satisfaction Statistics show the following:

  • 23% of active job seekers would take a new position without a pay increase (Hays);
  • 60% of U.S. workers feel stressed all or most of the time at work (Udemy);
  • Approximately 70% of Americans are disengaged at work (Gallup);
  • 33% of employees said their boss negatively impacts their company's culture (Comparably);
  • 61% of employees say trust between them and their senior management is very important to job; and,
  • Only 33% are very satisfied with the level of trust in their organizations (SHRM).

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