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Bullets or a “bad boss”: which is more stressful for aid workers? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
September 3, 2009, 10:42 am
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Recent research by Barb Wigley of the Univ. of Melbourne suggests it’s actually the bad boss.  Wigley found aid workers often felt better prepared to manage stress related to violence and insecurity than stress from problems with managers and bureaucracies. She acknowledges the stress on managers coping with difficult situations and says that rather than bullying staff – often young or early in their development careers – managers require a keen sense of team dynamics in order to operate successfully in conflict contexts.  Think this is just a field issue?  Think again!  Wigley found aid workers were constantly frustrated about colleague dynamics in large organizations.  This article and Wigley’s research offer important insights into how culture influences organizations’ activities and performance, including staff retention and implementing change.  An important read whether you sit in Somalia or HQ!



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