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Toxic boss may ruin your reputation

Toxic boss may ruin your reputation

Study suggests your boss could be reason for your bad health, toxic boss may ruin your reputation


Our work environment determines our mental and physical health. If the higher authorities are exploiting their rights towards their employees, then it may not just ruin the employees’ health but reputation as well. Do you know toxic boss may ruin your reputation?

If you are feeling like bullying your colleagues at workplace or indulge in counterproductive work behavior, then as per a study, your toxic boss may be the reason for that.

The study suggested, people who work for bosses who display psychopathic and narcissistic traits not only feel more depressed due to the bullying behaviour of their seniors, but are also more likely to engage themselves in undesirable behaviours at work.

Such working conditions boosts incidents of counterproductive work behaviour and workplace bullying which may lead to bad health and ruin employees’ reputations.

Bully boss? Get a health checkup

Bully boss? Get a health checkup

Abigail Phillips who is a lead researcher from the University of Manchester in London said, “This toxic combination can result in these individuals taking advantage of others, taking credit for their work, being overly critical, and generally behaving aggressively.”

The researchers stated that bullying creates a toxic working environment and is unpleasant not only for those who are targeted, but also for the workplace. Individuals in such situations are likely to have lower job satisfaction and scores higher on a clinical measure of depression.

Phillips added, “Overall the picture is clear leaders high in dark traits can be bad news for organisations. Those high in psychopathy and narcissism have a strong desire for power and often lack empathy.”

The team of total 1,200 participants was created for the study. Participants completed questionnaires relating to their own psychological well-being, prevalence of workplace bullying in their organisation and their manager’s personality.

The study was presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference of the Division of Occupational Psychology in Liverpool

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