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Bullying bosses can make workplaces less safe

On Behalf of | Aug 7, 2019 | Workers' Compensation |

New Jersey workers might be interested to learn that workplaces with bosses who bully employees tend to experience more on-the-job injuries, according to a recent study. Researchers found that this may be because employees are more likely to make decisions that benefit a bullying boss rather than the group. This can potentially cause hazardous conditions for others.

When employees are not confident in their skills and are then constantly bullied by their superiors, they could respond negatively. In industries where workplace safety is of the utmost importance, this might lead to other employees being at an increased risk.

Ultimately, healthy relationships within the workplace are key to improving productivity as well as safety. For example, supervisors and bosses who are only thinking about money and performance may push employees to prioritize the bottom line over safety, personal development and ethical practices. In return, employees may respond to this push for productivity by a reduced amount of respect for their bosses and reduced loyalty to the company.

Workplace injuries can occur no matter what the employee’s job entails. For example, sitting at a computer for hours on end can result in carpal tunnel or eye strain while work involving heavy lifting or physical labor can lead to muscle injuries. In some cases, these injuries can prevent a person from being able to do their job, especially if they had previous injuries but were pushed by their superiors to keep the productivity up. An employment law attorney may assist with an injured employee’s workers’ compensation claim if the benefits were initially denied. If the employer’s insurance refuses to provide the benefits, the case may be taken to court.