EVER WANTED TO swipe left on a bad boss? You’re not alone. However, there’s a high probability that the people who work for you share the same feeling. Indeed, the prevalence of incompetent leadership is alarmingly high, which explains why 70 percent of people are disengaged at work, hoping for a better job. As the saying goes, people join companies but quit their bosses. To put this into perspective, just imagine if 70 percent of married couples were unhappy with their relationship and waiting for a better spouse. Luckily for employers, people are more willing to put up with a bad job than a bad relationship, but disengaged employees are expensive, costing the U.S. economy over $400 billion per year in productivity loss. Astonishingly, even in places where traditional employment opportunities abound, a growing number of people want to work for themselves or start their own business. In the United States, 40 percent of people (including perhaps you) will have been self-employed at some point in their life by 2020. And although self-employed people tend to work longer hours to earn less, and contribute less to the economy than if they were employed by a large organization, they are typically more satisfied with their jobs. Why? Because they don’t have to deal with an incompetent boss—or, at least, it is less likely that they complain about their boss when they are their own boss.
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