Mental stress claims lodged by affected employees against their employer increased by 25% from 2001 to 2011.
Although the proportion of stress claims specifically relating to “poor relationships with superiors” was not reported, a Medibank Private commissioned study reported that in 2007 the total cost of work related stress to the Australian economy was A.8 billion; the direct cost to employers alone in stress-related presenteeism and absenteeism was A.11 billion.
A recent study into the impact of systemic toxic behaviours exhibited by managers found that even one or two toxic behaviours, such as manipulating and intimidating, was enough to cause significant harm to employees’ mental and physical health.
The most common toxic behaviours exhibited by managers include: Negative consequences for wellbeing reported by participants in the study included: Psychological Anxiety, depression, burnout, cynicism, helplessness, social isolation, loss of confidence, feeling undervalued.
One way to deal with toxic managers is to escalate the risk and report it to senior management.
(The masculine pronoun here is appropriate because, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute, most bully bosses are men.) Or maybe some employees ask for it, just a little, through their abject performance and dubious hygiene. Surely that would soften even the flintiest boss’s stony heart? Hurst said even more “heroic” efforts by employees to act like good corporate citizens usually fail to appease bullying bosses.
Emotional Anger, disappointment, distress, fear, frustration, mistrust, resentment, humiliation.
Physical Insomnia, hair loss, weight loss/gain, headaches, stomach upsets, viruses and colds.
Keep your resume and online profile up to date and ensure you are well networked in your occupation and industry - all part of a contingency plan to exit the toxic workplace situation should it become untenable.
In honor of “National Boss’s Day,” let’s take a moment to recognize all the hardworking CEOs, managers, supervisors, (ahem, editors) and other fearless leaders out there who do their utmost every day of the week -- nights, too, and even weekends -- to make the rest of us well and truly miserable.