March 2nd, 2017

Toxic Bosses Found To Be Top Cause of Unhappiness

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?

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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 pressurechronic 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.

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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.

2 Responses

  1. Blair Hodgkinson says:

    My experience with workplace bullying at TELUS all began with one bullying, sociopathic manager. The problem was compounded when the other managers failed to intervene when they knew the bullying was happening and both union intervention and company policies failed to put a stop to the bullying. I was forced to resign from my position for the state of my health, but the PTSD I suffered from only made the situation worse. I have never found work since and lost my home and family as a result of the catastrophic harm started by one crazed manager, but allowed by dozens more. I have done my best to raise awareness about the incident that nearly cost me my life, but to date nobody at TELUS nor any official Union representative has attempted to make amends for this complete failure within the system.

  2. Corinne Rogan says:

    I was bullied out of several jobs in the 1990’s, coworker bullying. In 2000, I was bullied out of my LAST position at USWest (Qwest) in Denver. I wrote to him, my boss, again in 2006, so I have info.
    Bullying is devastating to me. I asked my mother for comfort when I lost a job or 2 with different airlines in the 90’s. At this time, she, her husband, and several siblings have now bullied me, I am without any family.
    I have looked @ that as elder abuse, and am looking for a resolution. How can I work with you? I was a manager at the phone company, then. So no union. Thanx!

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