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The eBossWatch Worst Bosses of 2009

In the first ever contest of its kind, eBossWatch assembled a panel of workplace experts who selected and ranked the 25 Worst Bosses of 2009 from across the country.  eBossWatch is a career resource that helps job seekers evaluate managers and potential employers.

The Worst Bosses of 2009 include a coroner, the former NASA inspector general, an NFL head coach, and a candidate running for US Congress.

The eBossWatch highly regarded panel of workplace experts includes:

  • Dr. Gary Namie, founder & president of the Workplace Bullying Institute and author of “The Bully at Work”
  • Dr. Christine Pearson, professor of management at Thunderbird, The School of Global Management and co-author of “The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility is Damaging Your Business and What to Do About It”
  • Kevin Kennemer, board member of the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium and founder of The People Group
  • Erica Pinsky, workplace consultant and author of “Road to Respect: Path to Profit

Here are a few of the managers who made The eBossWatch Worst Bosses of 2009 list:

  • Alan Parks, manager, US Army Warren Arsenal, Warren, Michigan
    Accused of workplace bullying and disability discrimination by a former soldier who received a Purple Heart and who lost his hand and suffered other serious injuries in an explosion while serving in Iraq.
  • Sean Benton, water distribution superintendent, City of Monroe, Monroe, Louisiana
    Benton’s employees recorded a four hour meeting that took place late last year where Benton used hundreds of obscenities and ordered one of the supervisors to physically attack an equipment operator.
  • Mike Swindle, supervisor, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Montgomery, Alabama
    A federal jury found Swindle guilty of sexually harassing a subordinate, making lewd comments to her for about five months, and pressing his body against her while propositioning her on at least one occasion.  Other supervisors who the victim complained to either ignored her or harassed her themselves.

Asher Adelman, founder of eBossWatch, said, “It is shocking to think that such horrific experiences still occur in the American workplace.  Nobody deserves to be subjected to a hostile work environment.  This contest demonstrates how important it is for job seekers to Google potential bosses and to research potential employers on sites like eBossWatch.”

The entire eBossWatch Worst Bosses of 2009 list is available at eBossWatch.com.

About eBossWatch

eBossWatch was launched in 2007 to help people avoid hostile workplaces.  eBossWatch is a popular career resource that enables people to rate their bosses in a professional and non-libelous manner so that job-seekers can evaluate prospective employers and avoid workplace bullies

 eBossWatch has been featured in many media outlets, including ABCNews.com, Fox News, Forbes, TheStreet.com, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Houston Chronicle, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Orange County Register.

More information about eBossWatch can be accessed at www.ebosswatch.com.

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Why CEOs should strive for a jerk-free workplace

Kevin Kennemer, president of The People Group, wrote an excellent article for Tulsa World describing the devastating effects that workplace bullying usually has on the bully’s colleagues as well as the entire company.

Kennemer mentions some of the dangerous health ailments that people who work for a toxic boss can suffer from: hypertension, heart attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, etc.

And when employees suffer from physical or psychological health problems, Kennemer argues, they tend to miss work, their colleagues are less productive, and employee turnover increases, all of which are significant obstacles for companies to deal with.
Top executives often are not aware of the hostile work environment created at their companies due to the bad boss culprits having mastered the art of “causing fear down the corporate ladder while massaging egos up the ladder in order to protect their own careers.”

Nonetheless, Kennemer writes that, “a growing number of employers see the advantages of creating civil work environments with rules of engagement where jerk behavior is not allowed….Some organizations have even publicly adopted and publicized their jerk-free workplace status.”

Click here to read Kennemer’s original article.


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Tulsa company commits to ‘jerk-free’ workplace

Road Science, a leading technology company for the road paving industry, has announced that it is partnering with The People Group to establish a bully-free work environment.

The People Group is a Tulsa consulting firm specializing in positive people practices.  Kevin Kennemer, founder and partner of The People Group, will be providing positive people practice strategies to Road Science to help attract and retain the best talent through innovative compensation and benefits, as well as a revolutionary, healthy and attractive work environment.

Brian Majeska, Chief Operating Officer at Road Science, commented, “Any success we achieve in the future will be based on the environment we are creating today; an ethical environment of trust, belief, collaboration and innovation.”