In Good Boss, Bad Boss writer Willow Lawson explains your relationship with your immediate boss has a huge influence on both your working life and your private life.

If the boss is unhappy, he or she will bring you down. The story also reveals a Gallop poll shows bad relationships with the boss is the number one reason people quit.

In romantic relationships, emotions are symbiotic. If one partner is feeling bad, the other suffers. One person’s good mood can give the other a lift, too. But between boss and employee, emotion tends to flow in one direction—downhill. A supervisor’s negativity pools with employees like stagnant water.

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