Study Reveals That Bad Bosses Can Make Employees Sick


For 75% of Americans, bosses are a major cause of stress at work.

A Linkedin article published by Quartz magazine reveals that a bad boss can be as harmful to employees as passive smoking. The article also says that the longer you stay in a job working for someone who stresses you, the greater the damage is to your physical and mental health.

According to Quartz, data from the American Psychology Association shows that 75% of American workers believe their bosses are a major cause of stress at work. However, 59% of them would not leave the job.

Statistics show that employees get used to their jobs despite the fact that they are unhappy. This further complicates their process of resignation as they are no longer motivated to search for a healthier working environment which could improve their situation.

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Worse than cigarettes

Researchers at the Harvard Business School and Stanford University in the United States gathered data from over 200 studies and found that stress at work can be as harmful to the health as the exposure to a considerable amount of smoke from other people’s cigarettes just like passive smoking.

The main reason for stress at work for most employees is the risk of losing their jobs. As a consequence, chances are that these employees are 50% more prone to health problems than their colleagues. Employees in a demanding job are expected to deliver more than they can give and this increases their chances of acute health problems by 35%.

Survival

In some cases, the problems with the bosses are merely a matter of affinity. However, there are many bosses like Miranda Priestly (from “The Devil Wears Prada”) in real life.

But how do you recognize whether you belong to the first category or the second?

Bad bosses are overly aggressive, narcissistic and even violent sometimes. They often say phrases like “We’ve always done it like”, “You can count yourself lucky to even have a job” and “This place is a mess when I’m not around.”

Given the present market conditions, it is not an easy decision to quit one’s job and start over entirely. This soon becomes a habit and the level of motivation sinks. Here are some simple strategies that can help you survive moments of professional crises:

1. Make a list of the day’s goals and strike the items off as you complete them. This feeling of having done something can help you move on.

2. Turn off your email and work phone over the weekend. This can help recharge your personal battery for a short while.

 

Source: Study Reveals That A Bad Boss Can Make Employees Sick

ARC Manufacturing: Building A Legacy

arc manufacturing jamaica

The angry grey skies, release their tears in torrents upon the zinc roofs at 14 Bell Road; but this does not stop the workers from carrying on with their duties. The security guard and designated gate man are kept rather busy as vehicles go in and out, much like the intersection at Three Mile. The gates roll open to allow free passage of ARC trucks and trailers, vans and cars of buyers, contractors and ARC workers. Work never stops for ARC Manufacturing.

arc manufacturing jamaica trailer with cement

It’s been twenty years, since this manufacturing and construction giant has graced the Jamaican landscape. In 1996, they set up shop in a container on Asheinhem Road, as a small manufacturer of zinc sheeting. Now, they occupy 20 acres of land on Bell Road. The property spans Bell Road in the West to Development Road in the East. If you plan to walk the entire property, you might need to done comfortable shoes. From front to back, there are more than a dozen buildings, with machines churning away inside.

Over the years, due to the visionary leadership of Norman Horne and the directors of ARC, there has been considerable growth and product diversity. Bell Road is home to five manufacturing plants; producing nails, wire products, roofing products, fabric mesh and treating lumber. There are also warehousing and distribution hubs, along with office buildings for the administrative and sales staff. The company also has sales offices, warehouse and distribution hub at 1313-1317, Ironshore Crescent in Montego Bay.

IMG_5803ARC Manufacturing, though understated in its ego, is one of Jamaica’s top manufacturing companies. They are the only manufacturer of zinc sheets in Jamaica. ARC is the only supplier of treated wood and they dominate the local market in providing quality roofing products, construction fabric mesh, quarter wire and drawn wire. ARC remains the leading manufacturer of nails and the sole manufacturer of binding wire in Jamaica and has effectively competed in this market segment against foreign imports.

In 20 years, ARC has done what few companies in Jamaica and the world, has done. They rallied from a devastating global recession, which wiped out their profits and equity; to not only maintain economic viability as a business, but they continue to see consistent growth in sales and market share in Jamaica and the Caribbean. ARC reinvests its billion dollar profits not only in the local market, but also in the human capital of its surrounding communities.

The evening sky is now crisp with orange and gold streaks, as dusk creeps across the land. The gates at 14 Bell Road continues to open and close with frequency. There has been a shift change, but the hardworking machines, shaking the sturdy, zinc roofed buildings, continue to vibrate as the machines diligently churn out nails, wires, zincs and many more products sold by ARC manufacturing; Jamaica’s building supplies specialists.

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About the writer:
Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author for more than six years and enjoys volunteering as a Counselor. She has transitioned into being a Jamaican blogger and freelance writer.

Check out her book Fibroids: The Alien Assassins in My Body

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Dealing with Workplace Harassment:Surviving the Female Corporate Psychopath

Traits of Corporate Psychopaths courtesy of markmartinezshow-blogspot-com
Traits of Corporate Psychopaths courtesy of markmartinezshow-blogspot-com

The Washington Monthly highlights a few traits of a corporate psychopath:

  • unbounded arrogance and self-righteousness,
  • a chip on his shoulder the size of a redwood,
  • a studied contempt for anybody’s opinion but his own,
  • a vindictive streak a mile wide,
  • prone to fly into rages
  • and a devotion to secrecy and … power…

 

  • Traits of Corporate Psychopaths courtesy of markmartinezshow-blogspot-com

    Traits of Corporate Psychopaths courtesy of markmartinezshow-blogspot-com

It was not surprising to uncover these facts, as I continued my research; I learned that female corporate psychopaths are actually far worse than their male counterparts.

According to Softpanorama.org, “typically sociopaths demonstrate a superficial charm, which they exercise ruthlessly in order to get what they want. In this sense women are a much more dangerous type of psychopath. That implies that working women, …have an enemy more formidable than men.

Female psychopaths usually see everything in terms of competition and female aggression. They have zero respect for their own gender. Just the opposite, they often hate it. Statistics suggest that a woman is the target in eight of every ten cases of bulling. But, paradoxically, in six of 10 cases, it is a woman who is the bully. They despise and attack female subordinates and try to undermine their more successful/competent female peers.

There is not so obvious a link of corporate psychopath and cult leaders. They generally demonstrate the same methods: they never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They dominate and humiliate their victims trying to convert them to slaves.

Corporate Psychopaths courtesy of markmartinezshow-blogspot-com

Surprisingly, a high percentage of corporate psychopaths are women. They do not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims and, in corporate environment, slaves.”

Female corporate psychopaths generally do not exhibit criminally reflective behavior; nonetheless they can be just as manipulative and cunning” as a serial killer.

As they say, the truth shall set you free. As for me, I am free indeed.

 

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Many people suffer in silence; ridden by stress and abuse. Workplace harassment is a reality. It is abuse just like physical abuse! We should not tolerate it just because someone is paying us every month. I encourage you to rise up and protect yourselves. Report it and stop this immoral occurrence in the workplace.

Copyright © 2016, Denise N. Fyffe

Dealing with Workplace Harassment: Understanding Corporate Psychopaths

Corporate Psychopaths courtesy of smh-com-au
Corporate Psychopaths courtesy of smh-com-au

Corporate Psychopaths courtesy of smh-com-au

Corporate Psychopaths courtesy of smh-com-au

As the frustration mounted at one of my previous jobs, I grew more curious to understand the psychology behind my experience.

Therefore, I started to research, the motive behind the ‘horrible boss’ behavior and I have learned that the people or managers who behave in such a way are actually called ‘corporate psychopaths’.

You should see my face when I read this. My situation and experience in my Jamaican workplace, began to make sense.

There seems to be a plethora of information and research on this topic. So, I started to feel better, somewhat, because my psychological assessment of my supervisor, was not far from the truth.

The prevalence of corporate psychopaths in the Jamaican workplace and workplaces everywhere is far more than psychopaths in the wider society. There seems to be a correlation between the authority, power and privilege gained on the job which facilitates this psychiatric disorder or tendency in people.

Lets examine how a corporate psychopath functions in the workplace.

According to Victor Lipman, in The Disturbing Link Between Psychopathy And Leadership, “the hallmarks of the psychopathic personality involve egocentric, grandiose behavior, completely lacking empathy and conscience. Additionally, psychopaths may be charismatic, charming, and adept at manipulating one-on-one interactions.

In a corporation, one’s ability to advance is determined in large measure by a person’s ability to favorably impress his or her direct manager. Unfortunately, certain of these psychopathic qualities – in particular charm, charisma, grandiosity (which can be mistaken for vision or confidence) and the ability to “perform” convincingly in one-on-one settings – are also qualities that can help one get ahead in the business world.”

To gain a better understanding, one can read Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work, by Paul Babiak, Ph.D., and Robert Hare. Their book notes that

Several abilities – skills, actually – make it difficult to see psychopaths for who they are. First, they are motivated to, and have a talent for, ‘reading people’ and for sizing them up quickly. They identify a person’s likes and dislikes, motives, needs, weak spots, and vulnerabilities…

Second, many psychopaths come across as having excellent oral communication skills. In many cases, these skills are more apparent than real because of their readiness to jump right into a conversation without the social inhibitions that hamper most people…

Third, they are masters of impression management; their insight into the psyche of others combined with a superficial – but convincing – verbal fluency allows them to change their situation skillfully as it suits the situation and their game plan….

Some do not have enough social or communication skill or education to interact successfully with others, relying instead on threats, coercion, intimidation, and violence to dominate others and to get what they want. Typically, such individuals are manifestly aggressive and rather nasty, and unlikely to charm victims into submission, relying on their bullying approach instead.

Characteristics of Psychopaths courtesy of shiftfrequency-com

Characteristics of Psychopaths courtesy of shiftfrequency-com

There are some characteristics in this outline that are familiar behaviors experienced by myself, on the job.

In a study conducted by Paul Babiak, Robert Hare and Craig Neumann, in 2010, a sample of 203 management individuals from various companies’ were assessed. “The research showed that approximately 3% of those assessed in this management development program study scored in the psychopath range – well above the incidence of 1% in the general population. By comparison, the incidence of psychopathy in prison populations is estimated at around 15%.”

This information may be alarming to most. However, once you begin to reflect on your own experiences things might just start to make sense; or as much sense as working with a corporate psychopath can make.

Copyright © 2016, Denise N. Fyffe

Dealing with Workplace Harassment: Canteen Food, I ate Poison

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Canteen Food, Today I ate poison

Food is essential to life, without it, eventually we die. The people who served my lunch, back then, were not so pleasant and this statement is an understatement. That day, my order was mixed up and I requested that it be corrected. Needless to say, if looks could kill, you would have heard about my funeral.

They redid the order and I received an oily, burnt substitute.

This I did not notice until I had already started. For people like me, food can also be death. For the duration of that day, my sensitive tummy started to hurt, gripe, complain and Lord knows the heights of discomfort I suffered. I prayed that I would just throw up. I couldn’t even walk home as I usually do.

Why is it that people who are in a position where they are your only source to get food, conveniently, can be so unpleasant, mean, disgruntled almost evil?

Does anyone remember the movie, where a woman prepared and sold her food with Love and good things happened to those people? Well the opposite is true.

When people treat you with despise, the same ends up in your food and I am sure I don’t need to highlight what else can get in there as well.

“A few years after, a coworker showed me the big, fat fly parked nicely in the meat! Yuck! They told her it was thyme. Really!!! She had the picture to prove it wasn’t so.

I was forced to prepare my food and take with me or buy elsewhere, which is not only a huge inconvenience by itself; but there goes the thousands of $$$ I could save monthly. Cafeteria lunch is free.

But seeing as my lunch was being poisoned by hate, annoyance, spite and all manner of bad things and spirit; Praying over lunch is even more necessary. Nonetheless, I have changed my perspective and looked at it as God allowing a path, where I am forced to plan, prepare and monitor my own meals.

I am certain many of you have shared my experience and I encourage you to pray over every meal; not only to safeguard yourself, but to thank the Father for all he has provided.

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Many people suffer in silence; ridden by stress and abuse. Workplace harassment is a reality. It is abuse just like physical abuse! We should not tolerate it just because someone is paying us every month. I encourage you to rise up and protect yourselves. Report it and stop this immoral occurrence in the workplace.

She has published several books of poetry including ‘Jamaican Honey and Sauce’, Jamaican Pebbles, Love under the Caribbean Stars and Jamaican Pebbles: Poetry Pocketbook.

Copyright © 2016, Denise N. Fyffe

Dealing with Workplace Harassment: The Aftermath, Sanity Under Construction


Noise image courtesy of stuartxchange-comThe move has taken place. I am out of the department and directly behind a drill that has me suffering two days of mind numbing, soul agitating, psychological breaking drilling and I feel as if I am going insane. This is wrong on so many levels but a score of employees have been putting up with this for several years.

I never considered myself apart of any numbers.

If we were in the USA, we could sue and win; but not in Jamaica. We would be fired, black balled and left penniless.

So, I sat in my seat, wrote the emails to my new supervisor asking for permission to go home.

Of course, it was denied.

This was the hell they made for me.

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Many people suffer in silence; ridden by stress and abuse. Workplace harassment is a reality. It is abuse just like physical abuse! We should not tolerate it just because someone is paying us every month. I encourage you to rise up and protect yourselves. Report it and stop this immoral occurrence in the workplace.

She has published several books of poetry including ‘Jamaican Honey and Sauce’, Jamaican Pebbles, Love under the Caribbean Stars and Jamaican Pebbles: Poetry Pocketbook.

Copyright © 2016, Denise N. Fyffe

Dealing with Workplace Harassment: Letter to my Workplace Abusers

Jamaican Workplace: My Journey, horrible boss syndrome
Jamaican Workplace: My Journey, horrible boss syndrome

Letter to my Workplace Abusers

Anger is one of the strongest motivators on planet Earth.

Injustice, the fuel which sparks a forest fire that brings only destruction and calamity.

Respect, fairness, and justice; with these, one can douse the flames created by injustice and anger.

When I started to catalog my experience of dealing with workplace harassment, I was angry.

My focus was on excavating that lethal anger, which coursed through my veins. I tried to drain the stress symptoms which were assassinating me every second, of every day. My neck, my back, my head, my sleep, my relationships were a ticking, time bomb about to explode.

Back then, I struggled to activate a measure of objectivity.

Now, I aim to utilize the emotions that fuel my writing and channel it into a more positive outcome, seeing as there was no hope of me getting any in that workplace. I hope my words will now be focused on educating the masses on issues like job satisfaction, female bosses, employee rights, employee duties, workplace fairness, corporate psychopaths and other workplace issues.

It is with absolute certainty that I also say that I have a captive audience; those who surveillance my blogs, my written works, my online activity and my online accounts.

Some of you are the culprits and today, I will work to provide you with a University of Life education that you have skipped out on. Hopefully, the God you claim to serve, will finally and truly be allowed in your heart to bring about positive change; so that, the abuse, malice and hurt that you continue to distribute unbiased, ends.

 

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Many people suffer in silence; ridden by stress and abuse. Workplace harassment is a reality. It is abuse just like physical abuse! We should not tolerate it just because someone is paying us every month. I encourage you to rise up and protect yourselves. Report it and stop this immoral occurrence in the workplace.

She has published several books of poetry including ‘Jamaican Honey and Sauce’, Jamaican Pebbles, Love under the Caribbean Stars and Jamaican Pebbles: Poetry Pocketbook.

Copyright © 2016, Denise N. Fyffe