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Old 11-25-2008, 11:52 AM   #1
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Another health reason to RE

I've had my share, wonder why I'm still alive

reportonbusiness.com: Are bad bosses killing you?
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:24 PM   #2
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Now I wonder how many people I might have sent to their grave early.
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:40 PM   #3
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Yep.

Good article.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:45 AM   #4
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Good article - No doubt about the conclusions IMO. High stress = increased health risks, and bosses can certainly maintain high stress levels on their employees
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:09 AM   #5
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when i saw my doctor a few months after i FIREd (i didn't tell him cuz i was afraid he would try to talk me out of it) and he did one of those "stop in tracks with mouth hanging open" deals, i knew i had made the right decision.
w*rk stress is by far one of the biggest health degraders i have ever seen. just look at a recent retiree. the transformation is incredible.
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:24 AM   #6
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The whole American work system is designed to shame and blame you as the blood is drained from you to enhance the disfunction of whoever you work for.

Best to recognize this early in life, learn to pucker up and kiss many buttocks.

Notice how both Paulson and Cashkarry both have same haircut, do ya think many Cashkarry knows how to suck up to his boss? Ya think?

Jug, been there done that, and drove many bosses to early drink
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when i saw my doctor a few months after i FIREd (i didn't tell him cuz i was afraid he would try to talk me out of it) and he did one of those "stop in tracks with mouth hanging open" deals, i knew i had made the right decision.
w*rk stress is by far one of the biggest health degraders i have ever seen. just look at a recent retiree. the transformation is incredible.
Last year, at the grocery store, the cashier recognized my name on the card, did a double take, and asked: "What did you do?"

"I retired."
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on the flip side, how many bosses did i drive crazy?
i am a creative, out-of-the-box thinker, and "why not?" idea person, and was never a "just say YES" empl*yee. fully steeped in a bureaucracy, no less.
i can say i was always respectful and followed orders, on time and very carefully done, but never without a "reasoning session" first.
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:57 PM   #9
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on the flip side, how many bosses did i drive crazy?
i am a creative, out-of-the-box thinker, and "why not?" idea person, and was never a "just say YES" empl*yee. fully steeped in a bureaucracy, no less.
i can say i was always respectful and followed orders, on time and very carefully done, but never without a "reasoning session" first.

After years of being hypnotically conned, I broke out of my stupor and concocted ways of stumping the brass in my place of work. Annoyed the daylights out of them, but getting a bad boss to have a heart attack or breakdown probably saved a few coronaries for the peons turing out the widgets.

Never could be a yes man. It was like Fonzi trying to tell a girl that he "luuuu, luuuu, luuuuf....." her.

Hated the brass at home, hated them at school, the military and work I just went into a stupor.

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Well, I know I haven't killed any bosses, although to the best of my knowledge, one has died, can't remember the disease, but wasn't heart attack. On the other hand, I wonder sometimes if I am creating an environment for my employees that is unbearable, leaading to stress related ailments later in their lives. I do encourage them to take care of themselves, put family first, take time off, just make their decisions and don't worry too much about them. I try to make the organization as apolitical and unbureaucratic as possible (if that is even possible in today's compliance centered and highly regulated environment). I try to delegate decision making down to the front lines, as close to the customer as possible, but with some guidelines. So far it seems to be successful. All of that said, I have several stress related health issues myself, but you get that when you are responsible for not only the share price/shareholder return, but also the livelyhood of thousands of people.

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Well, I know I haven't killed any bosses, although to the best of my knowledge, one has died, can't remember the disease, but wasn't heart attack. On the other hand, I wonder sometimes if I am creating an environment for my employees that is unbearable, leaading to stress related ailments later in their lives. I do encourage them to take care of themselves, put family first, take time off, just make their decisions and don't worry too much about them. I try to make the organization as apolitical and unbureaucratic as possible (if that is even possible in today's compliance centered and highly regulated environment). I try to delegate decision making down to the front lines, as close to the customer as possible, but with some guidelines. So far it seems to be successful. All of that said, I have several stress related health issues myself, but you get that when you are responsible for not only the share price/shareholder return, but also the livelyhood of thousands of people.

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