Killer Bosses and Employee Well-Being

Stories abound regarding “killer bosses” — leaders who are categorically feared. Popular television shows such as The Office and cartoons like Dilbert dramatize the perils of such ineptitude and insensitivity, and paint a troublesome portrait of what work within these types of organizations is like for employees. Unfortunately, these situations aren’t reserved for television entertainment; they can also be found in daily workplaces. Being aware of how the quality of leadership is affecting us is essential to our professional and personal well-being.

Impact on performance

Recent research conducted by, in partnership with Development Dimensions International, a talent management consulting company, found that most employees spend 10 or more hours of work time per month complaining, or listening to others complain, about bad boss behaviour. Almost one-third of employees spend 20 hours or more per month on this activity. With work time being spent complaining about leadership, workplace morale and productivity invariably suffers.

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An engaging and inspiring coach, Craig partners with leaders and executives to work on their most important challenges. He integrates the latest findings in the science of leadership, team, and organizational excellence into his coaching and consulting work.
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