Trauma caused by abusive supervisors can mean long-term stress, according to an Academy of Management Review article, but some victimized employees might end up stronger after the experience.
“We typically think about abusive supervision as having a very limited impact on employees in terms of its duration. But we now know that’s not the case. Abusive supervision impacts people in the long-term. It affects the way they think about themselves, it affects the ways they deal with others, and it affects their work and personal life” said Ryan M. Vogel of Temple University. Vogel coauthored, “Recurring Nightmares and Silver Linings: Understanding How Past Abusive Supervision May Lead To Posttraumatic Stress and Posttraumatic Growth,” with Mark C. Bolino of the University of Oklahoma.