Stick It to Your Boss


You’d think ignoring your boss or working half-heartedly after being yelled at would be career suicide. But in a (kind of awesome) new OSU survey, workers who retaliated passive-aggressively said it hadn’t hurt their careers—in fact, they felt less victimized and more into their jobs.

“Abusive bosses tend to focus hostility on weak workers, so those who fight back may come across as less-inviting targets,” says the study’s Bennett Tepper, Ph.D. And while he doesn’t advocate playing chicken with a nasty boss, he says, “The upwardly hostile employee may be earning a peculiar kind of respect.”

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