Study: Workplace Safety Can Worsen Under Bullying Bosses

If your boss is a bully work might be a more dangerous place for you. Portland State University researchers found bosses’ behaviors can strengthen or weaken employees’ sense of belonging to the work group by supporting or undermining their status within the group. In other words, if a boss treats an employee badly it can make the person feel they’re not valued by any other member of the group. As a result, that employee can become more self-centered, leading them to sometimes forget to comply with safety rules or overlook opportunities to promote a safer work environment. A researcher says, “Organizations need to understand how important it is to curb leaders’ bad behavior and to create positive team dynamics, so that there will be fewer negative safety consequences for employees or customers.”