The term "sick building syndrome," or SBS, was coined in the 1970s.
During the last oil crisis, companies reduced energy costs by sealing buildings tightly, trapping stale, unhealthful air.
A new study suggests a more prosaic cause for the symptoms commonly associated with SBS: bad bosses.
In 1984 the World Health Organization fanned fears by estimating that 30 percent of commercial buildings worldwide could make workers sick.
Firms created germ-infested offices by cramming too many people per square foot.