Coping with abusive relationships at work

Posted in Friendship.

To most people, going back to work after the holidays will mean returning to a workplace working under a boss who isn’t gracious. Workers complain that about four out of ten bosses make promises to their underlings that they have no intention of keeping; and three out of four bosses will go and gossip about a worker’s alleged incompetence with their colleagues. It isn’t just the workers who are on the receiving end of all the abusive treatment who suffer from all of this though. Bosses who make for the abusive relationships lead to poor worker morale all the time in any company and this leads to workers leaving, looking for better jobs elsewhere. It’s the way the saying goes – people don’t believe a company behind – they leave a boss behind.

Employees who have the misfortune to carry out their duties working in abusive relationships under bad bosses are often depressed, report more exhaustion than they should, and worry about anxiety problems. Things can get so bad, that workers often report that they will easily switch to a job with less pay if it will mean working under a more friendly boss. To a hard boss, does treating an employee like this extract more work out of them? Not exactly. Workers in professional abusive relationships are so resentful of the way they are treated often, that they will never volunteer extra time, to do things more quickly. And they will leave as soon as they can, even if it means working for less pay.

So what are the ways in which that managers mistreat the people who work for them? They will try to cover up their own mistakes by looking for a fall guy among the people who work under them, they will behave in a way that shows little respect for their underlings’ right to privacy, they’ll carelessly neglect to give credit when it’s due, and they will gossip about their employees behind their backs. So what exactly should employees stuck in abusive relationships do? One needs to understand that supervisors don’t stay at a particular job forever. They get transferred, or the move on. Looking on the positive side, they need to continue to show the company their full worth so that the next supervisor or boss who comes along sees what they’re capable of.

If things get out of hand though, there is always recourse to dispute resolution at the company, or litigation.

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