August 10, 2007
Study Says Bad Bosses Get Promoted, Not Punished
Posted by Lisa Fairfax

A study to be presented at the Academy of Management's annual meeting indicates that bad bosses get promoted rather than punished.  According to the study, nearly two-thirds or 64.2 percent of the 240 people surveyed said that their bad boss was either never censured or was promoted for domineering ways.  The three study authors from Bond University in Australia suggested that the promotion of such leaders has a negative impact on the corporate environment and the bottom-line.  Indeed, despite their apparent success in office, such leaders not only cause workplace strife, but also cause serious malaise for their subordinates including nightmares, insomnia, depression and exhaustion.  Bad bosses also lead to increased employee turnover, which can impact profit.  This is because not only do many employees eventually walk away from workplaces with spiteful supervisors, but such supervisors often develop a reputation that makes it difficult to recruit and retain employees.  The study's authors faulted senior managers for failing to recognize the signs of bad supervisors as well as the leaders above such managers who fail to intervene or otherwise elect to reward the behavior of spiteful bosses.

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1. Posted by Jake on August 10, 2007 @ 19:10 | Permalink

The problem lies in the failure of large organizations to honestly rate and rank performance by their employees. Most managers detest the chore, and with good reason, for most organizations provide their managers with only the most vague and hortatory guidelines for doing the ratings.

As a result, employee performance rating descends to a popularity contest that has little to do with productivity.

2. Posted by mark on January 5, 2011 @ 18:21 | Permalink

In the military I am told that promotions are accompanied by evaluations from the perons peers, subordinates, and commanders. This insures that a person will fit in where they are going and that subordinates will be willing to follow the person.
Obviously, this is done in times of peace, not in crisis situations.

3. Posted by sleep on December 29, 2011 @ 1:24 | Permalink

There are too types of bad bosses: abusive and directive. If the boss is directive, then perhaps he is promoted because of his ability to lead the group. But if otherwise, then questions are definitely being raised.

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