-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Dec. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Having an abusive boss can do
more than ruin your workday, it can also harm your family life, new
The study, published online and in the winter issue of the
Personnel Psychology, included 280 full-time employees and their partners who completed online surveys.
The Baylor University researchers found that the stress and
tension an abusive boss causes an employee also affects the
worker's partner, their relationship and the rest of the
However, the longer the employee-partner relationship, the less
effect the abusive boss had on the family. The researchers also
found that having more children at home meant greater family
satisfaction for the employee.
"These findings have important implications for organizations and their managers. The evidence highlights the need for organizations to send an unequivocal message to those in supervisory positions that these hostile and harmful behaviors will not be tolerated," study author Dawn Carlson, a professor of management and chair of organizational development at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor, said in a university news release.
Abuse by a boss may include tantrums, rudeness, public criticism
and inconsiderate action, the study authors pointed out.
"It may be that as supervisor abuse heightens tension in the relationship, the employee is less motivated or able to engage in positive interactions with the partner and other family members," study co-author Merideth Ferguson, an assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, said in the news release.
Businesses and other organizations should encourage workers to
use employee assistance programs or other resources, such as
counseling and stress management, to find ways to reduce the impact
an abusive boss has on the family, the study authors said.
The American Psychological Association offers tips on
managing your boss.
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