How a bully boss 'could harm your marriage'

Stress caused by an abusive manager has a major impact on an employee's partner, a study has found. Photo / ThinkStock
Stress caused by an abusive manager has a major impact on an employee's partner, a study has found. Photo / ThinkStock

Bullying bosses can make life a misery in the workplace. But research shows they could also wreck a marriage.

Stress caused by an abusive manager has a major impact on an employee's partner, a study has found. This in turn affects the marital relationship and then the worker's entire family.

The report also showed that the longer a couple had been together, the less impact the abusive boss had on the family.

Some 280 employees and their partners were questioned for the study. Three-quarters had children living with them.

Bullying behaviour was classed as tantrums, rudeness and criticism in public.

Workers were asked how often they had been put down by their manager or had anger directed at them. Their partners were then asked how much tension there was at home and how often the couple argued.

Professor Merideth Ferguson, of Baylor University, in Texas, said: "It may be that as supervisor abuse heightens tension in a relationship, the employee is less motivated or able to engage in positive interactions with the partner and other family members."

The report's authors said the study highlighted the need for firms to send an unequivocal message to managers that bullying behaviour will not be tolerated.

- THE DAILY MAIL

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