Employees who kiss up to their boss are likely to do lots of other bad stuff too

Do you want to be the boss’s favorite employee? It may not be the fast-track to success.

“There’s a personal cost to ingratiating yourself with your boss,” said Anthony Klotz, an associate professor of management in the College of Business at Oregon State University and the lead author of a study published in the June edition of the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Klotz and his co-authors examined how 75 mid-level managers at a large publicly-traded company in China used two “impression management” techniques — ingratiation with the higher-ups and self-promotion — over two weeks. The kisser-uppers acted out in other ways too, they found.

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