Toxic bosses go under MYRIAD guises, can be of any age and GENDER and can be found LURKING in companies around the GLOBE. But if you work for one, BEWARE. They can RUIN more than just your day
We’ve all had one, even if we didn’t recognise it at first. Perhaps it was the boss that told me off for being ‘too newsy’ or the one who insisted on going out to brunches or parties until 3am on a weeknight. It might have been the one who never said no to his boss, even if it meant my team working longer and longer hours on projects without any extra resources or budget. Or it could have been the boss who lost his temper anytime anyone asked him a question – screaming obscenities, spittle flying and his face puce with anger.
They go under myriad guises, can be of any age, gender and nationality and can be found lurking in companies big and small around the globe. But if you work for one, beware – the toxic boss can ruin more than just your day.
Whether it’s the micromanager, bully or mate-boss, the poisonous effects of these terrible managers can affect not only your career, but also take their toll on your health, personal development and happiness in and out of the workplace.
Working for a toxic boss can inevitably lead to stress, but studies have found it has also been linked to heart problems, sleep deprivation, hair loss and liver and kidney problems.
That ‘pleaser’ boss – the most odious of the lot according to experts because they spend so much time sucking up to their boss, they pile all the pressure on to you – can even make you fat. American professor Christine Porath explains that the body has an inbuilt response to rudeness – increased glucocorticoid levels. It’s the hormone that boosts appetite so the more rudeness we have to put up with from those horrible bosses, the more our body produces, the more we eat and the bigger we get.
So the next time you’re looking for a new job, ask the prospective boss if you can take a walk around the office. If the staff are smiling and skinny, you know you’re on to a winner. If not, well, check out our fascinating feature on page 26 and learn how to spot and tackle the different types of toxic bosses. Good luck! Until next week,