The stresses of work bullying can have a huge pact on an employee’s life both inside and outside of the workplace. This only get tougher when the bullying comes from your boss.
At the best of times, a boss can be a mentor or someone you know you can go to in the workplace, at the worst of times they can be belittling, mean and even abusive.
In a 2015 Gallup survey, toxic bosses were found to be the top cause of unhappiness in the workplace, with half of employees saying they left their jobs to get away from a bad manager.
But what happens if you don’t leave?
Findings from a new study from the University of Manchester found that ‘employees of bosses with narcissistic and psychopathic traits are more likely to show signs of depression and to engage in bullying and other uncooperative behaviours at work.’
These are referred to in the study as ‘dark bosses’ and they also found that these types of personalities can trickle down to the rest of the workplace causing drastic effects.
The study also found employees of bad managers are at greater risk of ‘high blood pressure, chronic stress, sleep problems, anxiety, substance abuse issues, overeating, heart attacks and other health problems.’
Other studies have found that the longer you stay with a toxic boss the harder it becomes to convince yourself to leave that job.
It is important to know that there are options if you are in this type of working environment and you shouldn’t have to feel alone.
If you are feeling this way, the chances are pretty high that some of your coworkers are too. Find a fellow coworker you feel comfortable with and talk to them about your concerns. It is also so important to seek resources that can help you with any mental or physical health issues you are dealing with due to the situation.
Unionized workers have the support needed in the workplace to handle a boss that causes issue. You can always approach you shop steward or business agents with any issues you are having with your manager or boss. They are there to stand behind you in the workplace and make sure that you have the rights you deserve.
Being a union member also means that you have great benefits to deal with any of these health issues. Teamsters Local 362 has also started actively bargaining mental health awareness courses into collective bargaining agreements.
No one should ever feel fear going into the workplace, especially from someone who is supposed to be a leader.