Hey boss, are you highly toxic?

The thumbnail version:

  • A lot of bosses are “toxic”
  • The toxicity affects productivity

The full version:

Harvard Business Review (HBR) published the results of a survey by Life Meets Work. One of the finding was that 56 percent of American workers (can we assume Canadian as well?) claim that their boss is “highly toxic.” To add to this, the American Psychological Association found that 75 percent of Americans say that their boss is the most stressful part of their workday.

So, what would your shop’s employees say if asked the same questions? You may want to consider that because if you’re one of those “toxic” bosses it’s likely having a detrimental effect on your business. Do you want your employees to stay because you’re a great boss who creates a great work environment or are you okay knowing that they’re unhappy and only staying for one or more of the following reasons:

  • They don’t have the energy to look for a new job.
  • They need the salary and cannot afford a pay cut.
  • They feel that they don’t have the skills to get another job.
  • They hope things might get better.

Maybe if you hope to run a happy, productive shop, a little introspection might be in order.