Employees bullied by narcissistic bosses more prone to depression

Employees bullied by narcissistic bosses more prone to depression

“In all of your living, don’t forget to live.”

― Ricky Maye

Depression, which features prominently in the list of one of the most common mental health disorders, has crippled millions of people worldwide. Be it depression at workplace, during teenage years or maternity, it has become a serious health concern. When it comes to professional life, workload along with authoritative bosses play a key role in increasing the level of unhappiness among employees.

Usually, a narcissistic boss with authoritative tendencies encourages the culture of bullying by taking credit for other’s work, criticize an employee for anything and everything etc. This can prove to be counterproductive for both the employees and the entire company. Therefore, bosses with dark traits can prove to a deterrent in a company’s growth.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 16.1 million adults in the age group 18 and above had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the United States in 2014, representing 6.7 percent of the entire population. Due to the lack of awareness and sufficient information, there has been not much research on workplace depression. But in recent times, the growing curve of workplace depression has garnered much attention as the productivity and the growth of a company gets impacted. The negative effects of mental illness can also diminish productivity and markedly deteriorate the development of employees and the company due to the increased rate of absenteeism and disability.

Psychological harassment by toxic bosses can drag one to depression

Authoritative bosses not open to conversations and engagement with employees, often labeled as toxic or bad bosses, are one of the main reasons for unhappiness at workplace. In fact, a 2017 study mentioned that apart from exhibiting undesirable behavior at work, people who work for the bosses with psychopathic and narcissistic traits tend to suffer from depression.

To determine the relationship between the darker traits of a boss and mental well-being of employees, the University of Manchester’s Business School conducted this study on 1,200 participants from various industries across different countries. The participants were asked to complete a set of questionnaires containing queries on the issues related to one’s psychological well-being, prevalence of workplace bullying and their manager’s personality.

The study found that people who worked for bad bosses were not only suffering from low job satisfaction, but were also going through the higher rates of depression due to workplace bullying and counterproductive work behavior. Lead researcher Abigail Phillips said that bosses who are high level of psychopathy and narcissism are power hungry and more often than not lack the feelings of empathy. As a result, they are more likely to be bullies, behaving aggressively with their subordinates as well as taking undue advantages as well.

According to a 2016 study by Binghamton University, toxic bosses are classified under two categories that include dark and dysfunctional. Bosses who possess narcissistic and psychopathic traits are termed as “dark” bosses. On the one hand, dark bosses often indulge in unhealthy behaviors and may not even care to hurt others for their own benefits. On the other hand, dysfunctional bosses are not good at their job and are regarded as harmless.

A 2015 Gallup survey highlighted that about half the employees have left their jobs in order to get away from a bad manager and about 41 percent of American workers reported to have psychologically been harassed.

Avoid workplace bullying to ensure stress-free life

While a good boss will help in walking the ladder of success by infusing determination and motivation, a bad boss may inflict miseries that may eventually lead to depression, anxiety or even suicidal tendencies. Several studies have also highlighted the increased risk of developing high blood pressure, chronic stress, sleep problems, anxiety, substance abuse issues, etc. are due to bad bosses.

If you or your loved one is suffering from chronic depression due to workplace harassment or bullying, contact the Texas Depression Treatment Help to seek professional help and evidence-based intervention plans. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-827-0282 or chat online to connect with the best depression treatment in Texas.