The High Cost of Mean Bosses

Yesterday’s New York Times featured an opinion piece on rudeness and incivility in the workplace and the high cost of mean bosses. It’s true, mean bosses suck. I’ve only had a couple, and most of my bosses during my low wage service years were pleasant overall or mostly absent, which is nice too. When I was a higher ed adjunct, my “boss” was the department chair. Technically they are not “the boss”, they are the people who have the responsibility to schedule classes and push some additional, administrative paper. And this is the problem with department chairs: they usually lack management training and leadership experience, academia is a loner gig. But this often means that department chairs run things based on personality; if they are an asshole, it’s going to be a rough few years.

I don’t work in academia anymore. But, I am job hunting and wondering what kind of boss I will have next. So, give “No Time to Be Nice” a read and wish me luck.

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  1. The job of the department chair is changing because of the increasing role that adjuncts play in higher education. When adjuncts were few, managing the adjunct pool is almost an afterthought. But in departments where there are more adjuncts, supervision of adjuncts can become a major part of the job., particularly given the low pay and contingent status. For a chair without “people skills” and especially meanness, this can turn into “meanness”, particularly for the receiving end of the unequal situation.

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