Employees who are bullied by their bosses are more likely to report work-related stress and feel less committed to their jobs, the results of a recent study show.
Researchers from Portland State University reviewed 427 studies on abusive supervisors to find out how and why bullying impacts workers. They found that being bullied by a boss may cause a worker to engage in negative behaviors, such as arriving late, sabotaging work, taking breaks that are longer than allowed, withholding effort and performing tasks incorrectly – all of which may, in turn, negatively affect co-workers and contribute to a stressful work environment.
“Stress is sometimes uncontrollable,” study co-author Liu-Qin Yang, an associate professor of industrial-organizational psychology at PSU, said in a March 6 press release. “You don’t sleep well, so you come in late or take a longer break, lash out at your co-workers or disobey instructions.”