Corporate Psychopaths and Employee Withdrawal from Work

When employees are discouraged, unattached and uncommitted to an organisation because they are abused and treated unfairly by their managers, as they are under corporate psychopaths, then they can be expected to seek to minimise their exposure to the organisation by limiting their presence in the workplace.

Understandably, people seek to minimise their interactions with a corporate psychopath at work.

This is what was found in a study of Australian employees where, in the presence of corporate psychopaths, employees were more likely to come to work late, report that they were sick and stay at home and to take longer breaks than allowed. Employees were also more likely to leave work early under corporate psychopaths as managers.

It can also be expected that levels of staff turnover will be higher under corporate psychopaths. This has been found in qualitative research in the UK where whole departments or whole organizations of people leave an institution once a corporate psychopath is put in charge. Even replacement personnel begin to leave fairly quickly once they realise the type of workplace environment they have inadvertently walked into.

The experience of working under an abusive, bullying, inept and under-qualified corporate psychopath can have a disheartening effect on what were previously devoted and caring employees. Affected employees seek to minimise their contact with the corporate psychopath for the sake of their own happiness and well-being and they therefore take longer coffee breaks and lunch breaks than they otherwise would. Employees working under corporate psychopaths also come to work late and leave early as a way of escaping from their toxic workplace.

For more details see the paper: '"Extreme managers, extreme workplaces: Capitalism, organizations and corporate psychopaths". Boddy, C., Miles, D., Sanyal, C. & Hartog, M. 2015.  Organization, 22, 530-551.