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Targets of bully bosses aren’t the only victims

Abusive bosses who target employees with ridicule, public criticism, and the silent treatment not only have a detrimental effect on the employees they bully, but they negatively impact the work environment for the co-workers of those employees who suffer from “second-hand” or vicarious abusive supervision.

This is according to researchers from the University of New Hampshire, who found that vicarious supervisory abuse is associated with job frustration, abuse of other co-workers, and a lack of perceived organisational support beyond the effects of the abusive supervisor.

“Our research suggests that vicarious abusive supervision is as likely as abusive supervision to negatively affect desired outcomes, with the worst outcomes resulting when both vicarious abusive supervision and abusive supervision are present,” the researchers said.

“Top management needs further education regarding the potential impacts of vicarious abuse supervision on employees to prevent and/or mitigate the effects of such abuse.”

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