Thursday, August 28, 2008

Your Lousy Boss Is Trying To Kill You

Oh, science, you never go far enough. Take, for example, a recent study in workplace health. The American College of Environmental Medicine says that good leadership makes its employees healthier. Specifically cited were reduced sick leave and disability time taken by employees whose bosses rated higher for positive leadership attributes.

Reduced compared to what? Are these so-called "good leaders" actually improving the health of their employees, or are they just not damaging their employees? Because that's what I'd like to know.

I think that the health benefits from good leaders and mediocre leaders would be neck-and-neck, but the bad leaders drive employees out of the office, making them take sick days when they can't put up with the stupidity, futility, and redundancy enforced by so many terrible employers who have no idea how to run a business or motivate an employee.

The beatings will stop when the morale improves. Maybe we can deal with crappy bosses if we didn't have to spend so many days with them.

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