My friend Shannon Severance sent me a link to a NY Times article on abusive bosses (available for a fee unless you are a NY Times subscriber).
I was surprised to see that the study cited in the article concludes that abusive bosses don’t affect productivity.
That doesn’t match my observations or the author’s description the results of bullying:
“It is not long before dissatisfaction spreads, rivalries simmer, sycophants flourish. Normally self-confident professionals can dissolve into quivering bundles of neuroses.” (Fear in the Workplace: The Bullying Boss by Benedict Carey, New York Times, June 22, 2004, Tuesday.)
What is clear from the article is that bullying bosses drive all manner of unhealthy coping behaviors and cause misery to their unfortunate subordinates.
Life is too short.