If you’re a manager – and stop me if you’ve heard this one before – it really helps your employees to not be a jerk. The Onion recently released this “study” that, as is typical of the satire newsmagazine, made me laugh: “Not Being an A**hole May Boost Employee Morale.” Ah, it’s funny because it’s true.
As a refugee former employee at a company that made the dysfunctional atmosphere of Wernham Hogg look like Google, I can relate (more than I’d prefer to) with David Silverman’s recent post in the Harvard Business Review about the “11 Habits of the Worst Boss I Ever Had.”
In retrospect, however, I’ll admit that, perhaps it wasn’t so much that my boss was a terrible manager, but just that she didn’t understand my work habits anymore than I understood her management style, and this discrepancy became a major source of conflict. Continue reading >>