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WITH THE DAWN OF THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY EMPLOYEES The world over have begun standing up to bad bosses. The just won't put up with it. Or they go elsewhere.

Some are saying : No more working for jerks.

THE HONEYMOON phase at Better.com opened with freebies galore. The employees did Zoom scavenger hunts. They did Zoom cooking classes. They were sent tequila and chocolate milk powder and pine boxes branded with the company's name.

They competed with giveaways, including a Peloton. This was the land of corporate-meets-summer-camp, where lunches were covered and training sessions featured funny hats.

Christian Chapman, 41, compared his feelings during Better.com's orientation with the head rush of a new relationship. The perks were bountiful, the mission was sound and Mr. Chapman, a mortgage underwriting trainer, fell fast and hard. ''LGTM!'' he and his teammates cheered, which stood for ''Let's Get That Money.''

SOON, though, there were red flags. Most notable was a video call last summer when Vishal Garg, the company's chief executive, unleashed an expletive-laden monologue about beating the competition, prompting Mr. Chapman to hit mute and usher his young daughter out of the room.

Then, last month, Mr. Garg summoned 900 Better.com employees, including Mr. Chapman, roughly 9 percent of his staff, and fired them in a Zoom call that was recorded and shared online.

Mr.Garg later apologized, but just over one week afterward, the company's board announced that the founder and chief executive was '' taking time off '' from his role.

For almost two years, couches have been offices. Colleagues are instant message avatars. And a work force that had shocking changes imposed on it has reconsidered its basic assumptions about how people treat each other in corporate life.

''The tolerance for dealing with jerky bosses has decreased,'' observed Angelina Darrisaw, chief executive of firm C-Suite Coach, who saw a spike of interest in her executive coaching services last year. 

''You can't just wake up and lead people,'' she added. Companies are thinking about how do we make sure our managers are actually equipped to manage.''

The scrutiny of workplace behavior comes after several years of high-profile conversations about appropriate office conduct. The MeToo movement propelled dozens of executives to step down after accusations of sexual assault.

The Black Lives Matter protests after the killing of George Floyd prompted corporate leaders to issue apologies for past discriminatory behaviors and the lack of racial diversity in their work forces and to pledge to make amends.

And increasingly, as people's work routines have been upended by the pandemic, they've begun to question the thrum of unpleasantness and accumulation of indignities they used to shrug off as part of the office deal. Some are saying : No more working for jerks.

BUT it is not illegal to be a jerk, which introduces a hiccup into that mean-colleague reckoning. The definition of bully is often in the eye of the coffee-fetcher.

The pop culture archetype of recent years is the ice queen with standards higher than her stiletto heels. Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly [ a thinly veiled Anna Wintour ] in '' The Devil Wears Prada. '' The sort of boss who might ask, of an assistant : '' Is there some reason that my coffee isn't here? Has she died or something?''

In real life, jerk behavior exists on a spectrum of cringe. There is the founder, whose vision and ambition can make it difficult for staff members to question his temper - like Mr. Garg, who accused the employees he fired of ''stealing from the company by putting in too few hours.

[In response to request for comment, Better.com pointed to Mr. Garg's early December apology for the way he had executed the layoffs.]

There's the example of the Hollywood mogul Scott Rudin, who made critically acclaimed art and also threw staplers at underlings. [ He later apologized.]

There's millennial hustle culture unhinged : Away's former chief executive, Steph Korey, who demanded loyalty and Slack activity at all hours of the day and night. 

''I hope everyone in this group appreciates the thoughtfulness I've put into creating this career development opportunity,'' she wrote in a message telling her staff to stop requesting time off. [ Ms. Korey apologized, too.]

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Bad Bosses and Employees response, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Emma Goldberg.

With most respectful and loving dedication to all the Good Bosses, and all the great employees of the world, and then Leaders, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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Good Night and God Bless

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