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Study: Supportive Bosses Don't Cancel Out Jerk Co-Workers

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Nov 20, 2017

A recent study has found that you can have a really good, understanding and supportive boss but you'll still be miserable if your coworkers are jerks, according to Quartz. The study, conducted by researchers at UCLA and Columbia University, had participants receive unfavorable decisions from bosses, like getting a undesirable task or being denied a promotion. Sometimes the boss was apologetic, sometimes they were not. After getting this news, participants would talk to a peer who had observed what just happened. They were either supportive or snarky. What was found was that having a supportive boss but a snarky co-worker has the same effect on organizational commitment and morale as a boss who is just completely unapologetic. This indicates that the boss's words, however considerate, are not enough to make up for a work environment that is overall not supportive, meaning that the larger culture has more of an impact than any one individual's actions in this realm.