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Research shows bad bosses are bad for your health

Tulsa, Okla. (August 7, 2012) – At a recent American Psychological Association annual conference, Psychologist Robert Hogan cited a 2010 study by the Economist Intelligence Unit stating bad bosses are bad for employee health. While many in the people practices professions have been saying this for a long time, we certainly welcome the additional research.

Below are some important comments in a recent USA Today article, “Bad bosses can be bad for your health,” made by Dr. Robert Hogan, president of Hogan Assessments, Tulsa, Oklahoma:

  • Every employed adult reports some significant time working for an intolerable boss and those (employees) that try to defend themselves are gone.
  • Seventy-five percent (75%) of working adults say the worst aspect of their job — the most stressful aspect of their job — is their immediate boss.
  • Bad managers create enormous health costs and are a major source of misery for many people.
  • Major cause of stress in modern life is bad management because stress negatively affects the immune system and health.

“As an important message to CEO’s, we bring information about the increasing negativity in the workplace, especially bad bosses, because it stifles productivity, increases turnover, kills employee engagement, and therefore, destroys bottom line results,” said Kevin Kennemer, president, The People Group, a human resource consulting firm based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“What is the message to take away from this research,” asks Kennemer. “Find your bad bosses and give them a chance to redeem themselves with their peers and employees. If they will not come around to the high values of your company, then let them go,” he said.

“Successful CEO's do not allow toxic managers to dump on their corporate culture,” Kennemer stated.

About The People Group

The People Group is a human resource consulting firm committed to improving employee lives, business performance and society by assisting client companies create great workplaces, in direct cooperation with each organization’s chief executive officer and leadership team.


If your bad boss is affecting your health, maybe it is time to find a new job?


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