There are many instances when art is used to imitate the ebbs and flows, ups and downs, beauty and nastiness of life. The movie, Horrible Bosses, is one of those instances. This black comedy chronicles three male employees with downright horrible bosses. One works for a female who sexually harasses and blackmails him while the other two have male bosses who bully, undermine and disrespect them. It gets to the point where these three employees believe their only way out is to kill their bosses. Quite a sad satire isn’t it? I must say I found it quite entertaining, at first. Sometime later I stopped to consider how much of what was portrayed might be a reality in some workplaces. It was surprising to find that it hits home more frequently than it should.
In Canada today, bullying in the workplace, particularly from bosses and managers, is being dubbed: a silent epidemic. According to a 2014 CBC report on bullying in the workplace, one in six people are affected. This striking statistic becomes even more poignant with the revelation by Canada Safety Council that more than 80% of bullies are bosses.