Is Your Boss Worse Than Cigarettes?????

The “bad boss” has become a comedic part of work culture, permeating movies and television, but when you actually work for a bad boss, there’s nothing funny about it.

Researchers from the Harvard Business School and Stanford University meta-analyzed the results of more than 200 studies to better understand the effects of stress in the workplace. They found that worrying about losing your job makes you 50% more likely to experience poor health and that having an overly demanding job makes you 35% more likely to have a physician-diagnosed illness.

Job insecurity and unrelenting demands perfectly characterize the environment created by bad bosses, and the negative health effects measured by the Harvard and Stanford researchers are as bad as what are seen in people who are exposed to significant amounts of second-hand smoke.

Bad bosses are more common than you think. Recent research from the American Psychological Association reported that 75% of American workers identify their boss as the worst and most stressful part of their job and 60% of US workers would take a new boss over a pay raise.

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” –Theodore Roosevelt

It’s obvious that bad bosses have a disastrous impact on their employees’ health and productivity, so what do people working for bad bosses do about it? Not much.

While 27% of people working for a bad boss quit as soon as they secure a new job and 11% quit without having secured a new job, an amazing 59% stay put. That’s an alarming number of people who are living with overwhelming stress and experiencing the trickle-down effects this has on their sanity and health.

There are many theories as to why people keep working for bad bosses, ranging from Stockholm Syndrome to company loyalty. Sometimes it’s just “comfortable couch” syndrome, where putting in the effort to find a new job seems too overwhelming.

The problem is that the longer you stay with an abusive boss, the harder it becomes to convince yourself to leave and the bigger the toll it takes on your mind, body, and family.

That’s why it’s important to know how to recognize the signs of a bad boss early on before you’re sucked in so deeply that it’s hard to leave. Here are some critical things to watch out for.

Belittling. Sometimes it’s necessary for bosses to deliver feedback about your performance that isn’t easy to hear. But some of them give you the strong impression that they enjoy it. They don’t just give you important feedback, they relish the act of putting you in your place—even more so if they have an audience. While you don’t necessarily want a boss who can’t deliver tough feedback, you definitely don’t want to work for someone who enjoys criticizing and blaming. If that’s the kind of boss you have, get out quickly, for the sake of your health. Continue reading Is Your Boss Worse Than Cigarettes?????

BOKO HARAM SAYS THEY WILL FINALLY RELEASE THE CHIBOK GIRLS

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Self acclaimed secretary General of Boko Haram, Mallam Danladi Ahmadu have said that th group’s cases fire agreem with the Federal Government is very much o course.

Ahmadu disclosed that t final meeting between th group and the Federal Government to finally se the ceasefire agreement been scheduled for Mon in Ndjamana, Chad and t be supervised by the Chadian leader, Idris Derby.

Danladi Ahmadu, who spoke in the Hausa servi of the Voice of America on Friday and monitored Yola affirmed that the Chibok Girls would surel be released on Monday t the Chadian President, Idriss Derby for onward presentation to the Niger government.

He added that an enlarge meeting of the group has been fixed for the weeke to prepare ground for th Monday meeting with th Federal government, affirming that the final ceasefire and the release the Chibok girls are promises that will surely fulfilled by the group.

Ahmadu also disclosed to VoA that the group and t Federal government are close consultations over arrangements for the Monday meeting in Chad
Commenting on the lates kidnap of over 40 wome and girls in the border villages between Adama and Borno states, the Secretary General maintained that as far as the Boko Haram is conce it is not aware of the late kidnap and attacks.

He added that in as muc as the group is investigat the latest kidnap and attacks to determine the involvement of its members, admitting that many anti-social groups have infiltrated the Boko Haram.
Danladi Ahmadu stated that political thugs, arme robbers, kidnappers, hir assassins and other anti social groups now parad themselves as members the sect, but was quick to add that things been equ if the cease fire agreeme is sealed all the groups would fizzle out.

It will be recalled that no fewer than 50 women an girls were abducted by unknown gunmen from Gartu in Michika, Adamawa state and Wag Mongoro, a border villag between Madagali in Adamawa and Gwoza in Borno state as the cease f between the Federal government and the Bok Haram insurgents is yet t be fully implemented.

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Managing The Business – Business ethical policy

Do managers feel pressure to put profit first?

Most manager’s income is tied to their performance, and the key performance indicators (KPI’s) by which they are judged are invariably financial rather than altruistic.

A UK report Management Agenda 2015 asked 1600 managers and workers whether they felt pressure to compromise their companies’ ethical standards to meet business objectives. One third of respondents reported that they had.

They said that the most common pressure was a need to follow their manager’s objectives, followed by overly aggressive financial or business objectives.

The report’s authors Roffey Park Institute, believe leaders may not realise their instructions can be interpreted in this way.

They suggest that the most ethical managers in practice are the ones who consciously take the time to think their decisions through, while others may simply not have time to do that, and are not aware their decisions may have undesirable consequences.

The report also identifies a gap between an organisations stated values, and those practised by their management –a difference in policy and action.

The Institute of Business Ethics agree with these findings, and say that employees do not trust their managers not to cut corners to win business, even at ethical companies.

They believe this may be a training issue, and that people are not aware of how the business expects them to behave.

Organisations who do have ethical policies need to ensure that staff are given clear guidelines and told how to apply them. They need to understand that they should make ethical decisions and will not be penalised even if it costs the company money or means a target is missed. Staff need to trust that this will be the case.

To some extent this depends on all leaders “buying –In “, because if there is even one leader who varies from the policy, trust will be lost. If there is one person in a leadership position who is unethical, the whole company can be compromised. This presents problems for a management team who have appointed a manager who does not act ethically.

This situation can be addressed by clear communication about what is expected of managers in terms of ethical decision making and reinforcement that ethics should always take precedence over profit.

What areas should ethical policy cover? Continue reading Managing The Business – Business ethical policy

Bundesliga Giant Bayern Munich Has Reportedly Asked Manchester United To Cease With The Incessant Attempts At Luring Goal-Scorer Thomas Muller To Old Trafford!!!!!

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Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich has reportedly asked Manchester United to cease with the incessant attempts at luring goal-scorer Thomas Muller to Old Trafford, Following failed pursuits this summer to purchase the World Cup winner, it would appear as if United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is not content to take no for an answer, bombarding the Bavarians with inquisitive emails, according to Bild’s chief football writer, Christian Falk.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has cheekily threatened to take matters into his own hands, saying, “I told Woodward that I can’t switch (off) my email account, so he should stop sending offers for (Thomas Muller).”

Muller, who has scored 11 times in 10 matches this season in the shadow of a volcanic-hot Robert Lewandowski , has long been the straw that stirs Pep Guardiola’s drink.
Continue reading Bundesliga Giant Bayern Munich Has Reportedly Asked Manchester United To Cease With The Incessant Attempts At Luring Goal-Scorer Thomas Muller To Old Trafford!!!!!