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The Benefits Of ‘Sucking Up’ To Your Boss

June 10, 2011 by  

The Benefits Of ‘Sucking Up’ To Your Boss

Sycophants unite — it turns out that sucking up to the boss can be healthy.

A study recently published in the Journal of Management Studies is likely to be re-tweeted by bosses everywhere, as researchers found that ingratiating yourself to your employers (also known as “sucking up”) can have benefits for both your career and your mental health.

The study reports that savvy professionals who use ingratiation as a career aid may avoid the psychological distress encountered by other, less cunning members of workplace culture. Employees who don’t use ingratiation can become ostracized, experiencing more job tension, emotional exhaustion and depressed moods at work.

Researchers examined the relationship between workplace ostracism and employee psychological distress, with a focus on moderating effects of ingratiation and political skill. The study surveyed 215 employees from two oil and gas companies in China.

“Our data confirmed that workplace ostracism was positively related to psychological distress,” explains Ho Kwong Kwan, one of the study’s authors. “We found that ingratiation neutralized the relationship between workplace ostracism and psychological distress when used by employees with a high level of political skill.

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  • Vigilant

    “The study surveyed 215 employees from two oil and gas companies in China.”

    I hardly think a study of Chinese workplace sycophancy has much relevance in the US. No doubt the a$$-kissing exists within the US workplace, but it’s more likely that the kisser is the one who will be ostracized.

    It was always my experience that the promotion of these idiots resulted in the worse kind of bosses. Whatever loss of pride these jerks experienced in getting where they were, they compensated for it by magnifying their disdain and autocratic methods when treating their underlings. They would all make the type of politician we most love to hate.

    Confucianism always stressed conformity and “getting along” for the good of society, communism just put the icing on the cake.

  • Dan az

    The fact that china executes the boss in a public town square when one of his employees screws up dosen’t help the matter either.All the azz kissing in the world wont help him now.

  • Chris

    I for one,have never liked anyone that does that.However there is a big differances between that,and doing your job right,and hasving a lttle respect for the person you work for.After all,if the shoe was on the other foot,wouldn’t you like to have it that way?

  • Cep

    I’ve seen all kinds of people,during my Fifty-five years of employment.I have to say there has been a change in the way people look at there jobs.I wonder how many of the 9.7% that is still unemployed could keep a job even if they had one gaven to them? lIFE CAN SOMETIMES BE A REAL BITCH,But the answeer to that is,go to work,if you have a job,Keep your moutn shut,your opinions to yourself,and do your work. I agree with Chris 100%.Sounds like you’ve around .


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