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Bullying Bosses Bad for Workplace Safety, Reveals Study

"Bosses' behaviour can strengthen or weaken employees' sense of belonging to the work group by supporting

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According to the study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the researchers surveyed 589 airline pilots and 468 manufacturing technicians and found that employees' safety behaviour can get worse when they are treated in ways that detract from their bonds. Pixabay

Bullying bosses are not just bad for the morale and well-being of employees — they can also be bad for workplace safety, reveals a study.

According to the study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the researchers surveyed 589 airline pilots and 468 manufacturing technicians and found that employees’ safety behaviour can get worse when they are treated in ways that detract from their bonds to a work group.

“Bosses’ behaviour can strengthen or weaken employees’ sense of belonging to the work group by supporting or undermining their status within the group. Poor treatment from a boss can make employees feel that they are not valued by the group,” said Liu-Qin Yang, Associate Professor at Portland State University.

This makes them more self-centered, leading them to occasionally forget to comply with safety rules or overlook opportunities to promote a safer work environment.

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Bullying bosses are not just bad for the morale and well-being of employees — they can also be bad for workplace safety, reveals a study. Pixabay

According to the researchers, this was especially true among employees who were more uncertain about their social standing within the group.

“When people are less sure about their strengths, weaknesses and their status within the group, they become more sensitive. They are more likely to respond negatively to their boss’ bullying behaviours,” she said.

Workplace safety is a critical issue — and more so in an environment where one employee’s failure to behave safely can create circumstances where other people are likely to be injured, said the researchers.

The study recommends implementing training programmes that can improve leadership skills while interacting with their employees so as to provide feedback in a way that are neither offensive nor threatening.

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The study also suggested promoting a more civil and engaged work environment that strengthens social bonds between employees and creates a buffer against the negative consequences of their boss’ bad behaviours.

According to researchers, implementing transparent performance evaluation processes are required so that employees have less uncertainty about their social status in the workplace. (IANS)

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People Who Cheat on Their Spouses Significantly More Likely to Engage in Misconduct in Workplace

Operating under the slogan, "Life is short. Have an affair," Ashley Madison advertises itself as a dating service

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According to the findings published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers from the US looked at the records of police officers, financial advisers, white-collar criminals and senior executives who used the Ashley Madison marital infidelity website. Pixabay

People who cheat on their spouses are significantly more likely to engage in misconduct in the workplace, a study said.

According to the findings published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers from the US looked at the records of police officers, financial advisers, white-collar criminals and senior executives who used the Ashley Madison marital infidelity website.

Operating under the slogan, “Life is short. Have an affair,” Ashley Madison advertises itself as a dating service for married people to have “discreet encounters”.

“This is the first study that’s been able to look at whether there is a correlation between personal infidelity and professional conduct, and we find a strong correlation, which tells us that infidelity is informative about expected professional conduct,” said researcher Samuel Kruger from the University of Texas.

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People who cheat on their spouses are significantly more likely to engage in misconduct in the workplace, a study said. Pixabay

The study found that Ashley Madison users, studied in professional settings, were more than twice as likely to engage in corporate misconduct.

The researchers investigated four study groups totalling 11,235 individuals using data on police officers, financial advisers, white-collar criminals, CEOs and CFOs.

Even after matching misconduct professionals to misconduct-free individuals with similar ages, genders and experiences and controlling for a wide range of executive and cultural variables, the researchers found that people with histories of misconduct were significantly more likely to use the Ashley Madison website.

Their findings suggest a strong connection between people’s actions in their personal and professional lives and provide support to the idea that eliminating work place sexual misconduct may also reduce fraudulent activity.

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“Our results show that personal sexual conduct is correlated with professional conduct.

“Eliminating sexual misconduct in the work place could have the extra benefit of contributing to more ethical corporate cultures in general,” Kruger said. (IANS)