Last week, I got an endless stream of press releases from marketing folks about National Boss Day. It’s one of those holidays I choose every year not to write about because I tend to get tons of letters from readers who hate their bosses.
That’s not to say I think all bosses are bad, but seriously, bosses probably don’t need a day of recognition, especially in this economy. Many workers think their managers are running them ragged, cutting their hours unfairly, and doing little to quell their job insecurity fears. And there are also the crazy bosses, who yell constantly and treat their employees like dirt. We’ve all heard of the bully boss, and many of us have had the displeasure of working for such a supervisor.
Newsweek did a story last week about bully bosses, aka toxic bosses, and why they are the way they are:
… people who gain power pressure themselves to perform at a higher level, and thus are more apt to feel inadequate in their powerful role. This threatens their ego, and they become defensive. Defensiveness often comes out in the form of insults or worse.
It’s an interesting observation, but what’s a poor, lowly employee to do? You can’t get the guy or gal into a shrink’s office.
That’s why I was intrigued when I got an email last week from the publicist for Gary Goldschneider, an astrology expert and author.
This guy thinks you can learn to deal with your boss better if you understand his or her astrology sign.