I’ve been sent this infographic from the people at Learnstuff.com which presents some rather alarming findings about bad bosses. I hesitated for a while to post this because it’s so unremittingly gloomy, but in the end I thought that it’s worth posting because it conveys a message that if you’re unhappy or stressed at work, it might not be your fault.

Your Boss Is Insane

So, what to do if you have a boss like this?

  1. Remember, it’s not you – it’s them.
  2. Stay resilient – here are five ways to relax instantly in any situation, four tips to keep yourself stress-free, and the reason why it’s important to take regular breaks.
  3. It seems generally accepted that psychopaths thrive in the corporate environment. However, is your boss a psychopath or just a ‘productive narcissist’? There is a difference.
  4. There’s clear advice from the UK Govenment and ACAS on workplace bullying and harassment here.

If you are a senior manager, you need to be aware of your responsibility to prevent workplace bullying. Don’t tolerate unacceptable behaviour from your middle managers – better still, follow Bob Sutton’s advice in his excellent book The No Asshole Rule and don’t hire bullies in the first place.

Finally, what if you are one of these psycho bosses yourself? You will actually get better results from your team, and so progress more quickly up the corporate ladder, if you treat them well. When your team looks good, you look even better. So why not give faking decency and sincerity a try? You know you can do it!

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Is your boss insane? And what to do about it

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