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The negative impact of allowing verbal abuse and bullying at work

On Behalf of | Aug 9, 2023 | Workplace Harassment

In Ohio and throughout the United States, employers have a legal obligation to ensure that their employees work in an environment that is free from abuse. Unfortunately, verbal abuse from bosses is still a common issue that can seriously affect employees’ mental and physical health.

Those in positions of power must take measures to prevent such abuse from occurring, or else they may face severe costs.

Negative impact on employee well-being

Verbal abuse in the workplace can have consequences that extend far beyond an employee’s job status. When bullies feel no remorse for verbally abusing their co-workers, they may believe their behavior will go unpunished. This can lead to continued bullying and have adverse effects on employees’ overall well-being, including:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low work performance
  • Reduced physical health

When someone is verbally abused at work, it can affect both their body and mind. They may experience mood changes or even panic attacks. To keep employees safe and healthy, employers should take action to punish verbal abusers and prevent further bullying.

Negative impact on the work environment

Verbal abuse can make the workplace a hostile environment. When employees experience bullying or verbal abuse, it can make them feel unhappy and demotivated. If bosses allow bullying to happen, they shouldn’t be surprised when employees don’t enjoy coming to work. This can lead to:

  • Low morale among employees
  • Negative impact on teamwork
  • Employees are not inclined to give feedback because of the bullying and abuse

Unfortunately, some people never outgrow their tendency to bully others. They may mistake work banter for bullying and abuse their power. It’s important to remember that verbal abuse is never acceptable. If an employee is experiencing this type of abuse at work, they may need to consider taking legal action.