How Can Managers’ Personality and Behaviors Affect Employees’ Well-Being?

By Cynthia Mathieu.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Psychological distress is a problem that has become increasingly concerning for business managers, and for good reason. The ever-growing number of employees with psychological health problems means major costs for the company: absenteeism, turnover rate, reduced productivity (Sroujian, 2003; Stephens & Joubert, 2001). For the past few years, researchers have mainly focused on the personal variables of psychological distress (stress management, time management, and work-family balance) (Michie, & Williams, 2003). Although these variables are important, they do not prevent or fully explain the phenomenon of psychological stress in the work place. The purpose of this article is to present variables that, to date, have been rarely studied in relation with psychological distress. Recently, certain researchers have looked at the impact that management style has on the psychological health of employees (Gilbreath & Benson, 2004; Tepper, 2000). In a world where strong presence, charisma and performance are among the skills most sought after when hiring employees and managers, companies have opened their doors to problematic personalities, which may devastate a company by increasing the level of employees’ psychological distress. Ideas for concrete solutions will be presented so that managers can reduce and prevent risks of psychological distress in the workplace.

Keywords: Personality Disorders in the Workplace, Supervisor Behavior, Employee Well-being

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 834.344KB).

Dr. Cynthia Mathieu

Professor, Business Department, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada

Cynthia Mathieu is professor in the Business Department at the University du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Canada. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and a postdoctoral degree in forensic psychology. She works with organizations as an industrial-organizational psychologist. She speaks frequently at industry conferences. In the past, she has directed an employee’s assistance program and she also works as a clinical psychologist with employees suffering from psychological distress. Dr. Mathieu’s research interests are related to white-collar psychopathy, narcissism in the workplace, work-related psychological distress and the role of leadership skills on employee satisfaction, well-being and retention.