Last week Marshall Goldsmith and Patricia Wheeler held a teleconference on “Effectively Influencing Up”. As with all of Marshall’s work, the class was loaded with timeless principles, but there was one little statistic at the beginning of the call that kept nagging at me the entire hour.
A study by DDI (Development Dimensions International) shows that a majority of employees spend 10 or more hours per month complaining or listening to others complain about bad bosses – and almost one third spend 20 hours or more per month.
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. In fact, Marshall said he needed to validate those numbers for himself so he did a quick mailing to his list of clients. The feedback he received showed the same thing!
Let’s see what happens when we put some numbers to this finding.
- Assume for a moment an average employee makes $20 per hour.
- Now add 25% to that to account for insurance and other benefits. That’s $25 per hour.
- Multiply $25 by 15 hours and you get $375 per month per person.
- Let’s say there are 5 people doing the bashing. That’s $2500 per month boss bashers are costing the company.
It doesn’t take long to figure out why companies can’t afford to put up with this kind of behavior.
In Marshall’s article titled “Bashing The Boss”, he gives you a list of 7 reasons to stop. Briefly, they are:
- You waste time
- You demean yourself
- You hurt your company
- You come across as a hypocrite
- You communicate a lack of courage
- You depress yourself and others
- You don’t enhance your career
Go read the full article published in the December issue of Workforce Performance Solutions.
If you’re in the habit of bashing your boss, do whatever it takes to change the habit now. Get someone to support you. You’ll never regret it.
How does it make you feel when you hear someone bashing his or her boss?