Strict bosses are dime a dozen in any company. If you're working for one, you know the experience can either be an enriching one or its exact unbearable opposite, depending on how they behave around you and go about their business.
The must-avoid kind, according to a study conducted by researchers from Bond University in Australia and the University of San Diego, tends to exhibit traits often associated with psychotics—insincerity and a lack of empathy or remorse. They can also be egocentric, charming, and superficial.
"Typically psychopaths create a lot of chaos and generally tend to play people off against each other," Nathan Brooks, forensic psychologist and head researcher of the team from Bond University, explains.
The study cited that one in five prisoners are diagnosed as psychopaths. When they evaluated 261 professionals holding a managerial position for their study, they found that up to 21 percent of the test subjects exhibited "clinically significant levels of psychopathic traits."
To protect you from these mad bosses' evil designs, your company's screening process needs to focus more on the personality of a person applying for a position in the top ranks, Brook says.
"Too often, companies look at skills first and then secondly consider personality features," he relates. "Really it needs to be firstly about the candidate's character and then, if they pass the character test, consider whether they have the right skills."
Not to worry because there is a way to find out whether your boss (or another person, for that matter) is a psycho or not. The researchers came up with a tool to track psychopathic traits during the recruitment process.
"We hope to implement our screening tool in businesses so that there's an adequate assessment to hopefully identify this problem—to stop people sneaking through into positions in the business that can become very costly," says Brooks.
This better help so that we can lessen the amount of loonies in the workplace.