'Horrible Bosses', the black comedy film that opens nationwide this weekend, is about three fed-up friends who resolve to murder their bosses.
Interestingly, the film's portrait of volatile relationships with their boss sending people over the edge, is a daily reality for many workers, a new study has shown.
Wayne Hochwarter, a professor at the Florida State University College of Business, has been studying the boss-employee relationship, focusing on factors causing hostility, stress and declining performance.
His latest research shows the problem to be as acute as it's ever been - and perhaps worse, considering the lack of viable alternatives for millions of unhappy employees.
A study recently conducted by Hochwarter illustrates just how poisoned the supervisor-employee relationship has become.
More than 400 mid-level employees from a variety of industries were surveyed and asked to offer their views on the changing face of work. Their responses revealed some strongly negative opinions:
42 percent of employees reported that their boss was concerned more with saving his or her own job than with developing and assisting employees to be productive.
42 percent said they failed to receive things that were promised more than once over the past year. More than 25 percent said they failed to receive things more than five times in the same time period.
40 percent agreed with the statement that "the only fun thing about work is leaving."
34 percent reported that their boss is "two-faced," in that he or she is nice in person but speaks negatively behind the employee's back.
32 percent indicated that they work for a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."
29 percent felt that their boss would "throw them under the bus" if it meant saving the boss's own job.