Bad Managers Lead to Employee Misbehavior

The strange thing about this study is that I wonder why they even needed it.

Gossiping, pilfering, backstabbing and long lunch breaks become the norm not just for workplace malcontents but even for exemplary employees who feel put down by their supervisors, said Timothy Judge, a UF management professor who led the research.

"When employees feel they're mistreated, they get even," Judge said. "If they think their supervisor is nasty toward them, they will find a way to restore that perceived level of injustice.

Are there managers out there who think that mistreating employees makes them more productive? I know there are managers that do stupid stuff like this, but I figured they were just assholes. I assumed they knew their actions were not good for company, but just didn't care.

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