Working: Employees Getting Revenge On The Boss.


The characters in Horrible Bosses went over the top in trying to figure out how to strike back against tyrannical supervisors.

In the real world, experts say, revenge seekers are more subtle than the friends who tried to kill off their bosses in the movie. In some cases, employees who feel wronged aren’t even aware they’re getting even.

It can be neglecting to return calls to potential clients, said organizational consultant Sharon Birkman Fink, CEO of Birkman International in Houston. Or focusing on personal matters more than work.

Employees who feel under-appreciated or maligned by a boss may exhibit those kinds of stress behaviors, Fink said. They tune out over time, seeing no reason to offer ideas if no one is interested anyway.

Usually, employees opt to seek new work when they believe they’re locked in a dead-end job. That’s harder to do during a time of high unemployment, which may be one reason movies like Horrible Bosses — or the 1980 comedy 9 to 5 starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton as harassed working women – have captured the imagination of a frustrated workforce.  Read more by L.M. Sixel at the Houston Chronicle here.

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Posted on August 13, 2011, in HR Management & Leadership., Talent Management and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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