- Lack of communication. Employees may become fearful of engaging in communication with other people in the workplace, for fear of being harshly criticized or otherwise abused. As soon as you begin having communication problems within your workplace, that opens up a whole host of more severe problems for your business.
- Depression. Employees may become withdrawn and depressed if they have been persistent targets of verbal abuse in the workplace. They may even suffer from headaches or sleep disruption. This can have a severe impact on their job performance and their happiness with their job.
- More absences. Abused workers are far more likely to skip work frequently. As a result, the quality of their work suffers, as will the quality of work on other people within the company who rely on their presence to get their work done. You can’t operate a business when a large number of people are consistently missing.
- Insubordination. If employees find themselves to be consistent targets of office bullying, they may be less likely to want to follow you. They might believe that you aren’t doing everything you can to create a safe work environment for them, and could lose trust in you as a leader.
- General lack of productivity. People who suffer from verbal abuse in the workplace are much more likely to be distracted while on the job, which will have a drastic impact on their quality of work and general productivity.
by Christine Kelly
CEO and Queen Bee | Viral Solutions LLC