You reap what you sow. This idiom may also be true when it comes to the workplace. In a study presented at the British Psychological Society, experts say that bosses who lack empathy towards employers, may have workers who exhibit undesirable attitude and performance at work.
Researchers at the University of Manchester’s Business School who conducted the study said, not only that workers with bosses who have narcissistic and psychopathic traits may develop bad behavior towards work, they are also prone to developing depression and a bully attitude.
For the study, 1,200 participants who are workers from different companies completed questionnaires. They provided answers regarding their own psychological wellbeing, prevalence of workplace bullying, and their manager’s personality.
Results showed that people who have toxic bosses had lower job satisfaction, and had tendencies of developing depression. Also, experts learned that the incidents of counterproductive work behavior and workplace bullying were higher in offices with toxic bosses.
“Overall the picture is clear leaders high in dark traits can be bad news for organizations,” lead researcher Abigail Phillips told Psychcentral
, “Those high in psychopathy and narcissism have a strong desire for power and often lack empathy. This toxic combination can result in these individuals taking advantage of others, taking credit for their work, being overly critical, and generally behaving aggressively. In other words, leaders high in psychopathy and narcissism are more likely to be bullies.”
“Workplace bullying is obviously unpleasant for the target, but also creates a toxic working environment for all involved,” she continued. “In short, bad bosses, those high in psychopathy and narcissism, have unhappy and dissatisfied employees who seek to ‘get their own back’ on the company.”