HAPPY (GULP) NATIONAL BOSS DAY
Today is National Boss Day and it looks like those sitting behind their desks and unwrapping a nice bottle of cellophane-wrapped plonk will be in the minority.
National Boss Day was invented in 1958 in the U.S. and is now celebrated in a dozen countries. Hallmark do a nice line in cheery cards, but most Australian workers might want to wait until Halloween for a more (ahem) appropriate gift.
That’s because more than 60 percent of Australian workers surveyed say they’ve been at the mercy of a bad boss, according to www.tell-your-boss.com.
It seems that too many bosses are making the news for all the wrong reasons.
Sexist, manipulative, exploitative, bullying, power mad, rude, picky, petty, dismissive and worse – you don’t have to go far for a tale of a boss who has made an employee’s life hell.
In fact, here at The Hoopla, Tracey Spicer has given some of her sexist ex-employers an early National Boss Day treat with a blistering pay-back and found an extraordinary amount of support from those with similar stories.
And journalist Karen Lateo also writing here at The Hoopla had a few mind-boggling tales to relate, including one about the “Queen Bee of the publishing industry” who was keen the regale the office with the details of her latest colonic flush.
“So the loyal coterie not only signed up to have colonics, too, but fought over scoring the prime position: the cubicle next to the boss!” Karen wrote. Eyeeew.
As one of the bullied, she said: “…when you’ve been reduced to tears, harassed beyond all decency, yelled at and belittled, your options feel pretty limited: either curl up in a ball or quit.”
“It takes most of us 22 months to free ourselves of a bad boss by which time our stress levels risk becoming chronic.
“It can shift our brain’s chemistry towards anxiety or depression and affect our immune response and cardiovascular functioning, elevating the risk of colds, diseases, strokes, and even heart attacks.
“One study in Sweden even found employees who have a difficult relationship with their boss were 30 percent more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease.”
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