|Your Abusive Boss and Your Marriage Do Not Mix|
|Nation - Workplace|
|TS-Si News Service|
|Tuesday, 29 November 2011 03:00|
Waco, TX, USA. Having an abusive boss not only causes problems at work but can lead to strained relationships at home, since the stress and tension can the employee's partner. It affects the marital relationship and subsequently the employee's entire family.
A study also found that more children at home meant greater family satisfaction for the employee, and the longer the partner's relationship, the less impact the abusive boss had on the family.
A supervisor's abuse may include tantrums, rudeness, public criticism and inconsiderate action. "It may be that as supervisor abuse heightens tension in the relationship, the employee is less motivated or able to engage in positive interactions with the partner and other family members," said Merideth Ferguson, PH.D., study co-author and assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at Baylor University.
The findings in the journal Personnel Psychology, says Dawn Carlson, Ph.D., "... have important implications for organizations and their managers."
"The evidence highlights the need for organizations to send an unequivocal message to those in supervisory positions that these hostile and harmful behaviors will not be tolerated."
"Employers must take steps to prevent or stop the abuse and also to provide opportunities for subordinates to effectively manage the fallout of abuse and keep it from affecting their families.
Abusive supervision is a workplace reality and this research expands our understanding of how this stressor plays out in the employee's life beyond the workplace."
Carlson is the study lead author, Baylor professor of management and H. R. Gibson Chair of Organizational Development at the Hankamer School of Business.Organizations should encourage subordinates to seek support through their organization's employee assistance program or other resources (e.g., counseling, stress management) so that the employee can identify tactics or mechanisms for buffering the effect of abuse on the family, according to the study.
Workers filled out an online survey.
Questions in the employee survey included:
Questions in the partner survey included:
FundingThe research was conducted with support from the Texas A&M Mays Business School Mini-Grant Program.
ParticipationOther co-authors of the study are Pamela L. Perrewe of Florida State University and Dwayne Whitten of Texas A & M University.
CitationThe Fallout From Abusive Supervision: An Examination Of Subordinates And Their Partners. Dawn S. Carlson, Merideth Ferguson, Pamela L. Perrewé, Dwayne Whitten. Personnel Psychology 2011; 64(4): 937–961.
Using spillover and crossover theory, we examined how subordinate's experience of abusive supervision impacts both subordinate's and partner's family domains. Specifically, a model was proposed and tested that examined the fallout from abusive supervision through 2 types of strain, work-to-family conflict and relationship tension, on family satisfaction of the subordinate and on family functioning of the partner. Using a matched set of 280 subordinates and partners, this study found that abusive supervision contributes to the experience of work-to-family conflict and relationship tension. Further, family satisfaction for the subordinate and family functioning for the partner were diminished through the experience of relationship tension. Interestingly, although the experience of work-to-family conflict contributed to relationship tension, it did not directly impact the family outcomes. We discuss the study's implications for theory, research, and practice while suggesting new research directions.
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