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Survey explores worker-boss relationship

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A University of New Hampshire professor’s survey shows employees who have a sense of unjustified entitlement are more likely to say their bosses are abusive and mistreat them. The research also found that entitled employees were more likely to report higher levels of abuse from their managers, even when their less-entitled co-workers did not. The research was conducted by Paul Harvey, associate professor of organizational behavior at UNH, and professors from Indiana University Southeast, the University of South Alabama, and the University of Queensland. The results are based on surveys of 396 full-time employees who, on average, had been with their company for seven years. A second survey of employees and co-workers who had the same supervisor resulted in data on 81 pairs of employees and co-workers.

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