Have we taken our quest to eliminate jerks in the workplace too far?
Article after article has argued that aggressive employees are toxic to your company, while another set of advice underlines the incredible power of positivity. Read all of these and you just might come out thinking that being a good boss means an unbroken sunny disposition and perpetual good cheer.
But while true jerks are indeed a productivity and culture killer and entrepreneurship does require a healthy dose of optimism in the face of contradictory evidence, science suggests running a business well doesn’t mean always, always holding your temper. Anger, researchers recently showed, has its place at the office.
New research contradicts warm and fuzzy advice on always staying positive and gives bosses permission to get angry once in awhile.