McKinsey has done some interesting research and written a great article on how leaders kill meaning at work. I had a conversation recently with a friend who is a recruiter and we were discussing (not gossiping) about a variety of people we know who are serial tormenters. They go from job to job, tormenting new people at every organization. The recruiting system must be broken if this keeps going on. I guess they get good references from current employers in the hopes that they’ll leave.
The funny thing is that the serial tormenters I know don’t even realize that they are doing it. They seem to think everyone else is doing something wrong. Where do serial tormenters come from? Are serial tormenters born or are they made? Do they learn from being tormented themselves? Great research ideas if anyone out there has time.
Ask yourself: Do you work for a serial tormenter? Could you be one yourself? Would you know it if you were one?