Small-business employees are more likely to face abuse, study finds – MarketWatch

Small-business employees are more likely to face abuse, study finds

Bosses’ behavior included forcing employees to work long hours and threatening behavior

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What’s behind the bad treatment? The researchers argue a big part of it is education. Many bosses at small firms have less education than those at big ones, and education plays an important role in how a supervisor interacts with employees. “You’re more comfortable thinking outside your own interests,” Mr. Eesley says.

Seventy-nine percent of respondents in small businesses reported abuse.

Working at a small business can have a lot of upsides. But it may also increase your chances of being harassed or subjected to emotional abuse.

According to a study published in the Journal of Ethics and Entrepreneurship by Dale Eesley and Patricia Meglich, workers at firms with 50 or fewer employees reported more abuse from their supervisors than those at larger businesses. The abuse included everything from forcing long hours on workers to yelling and behaving in a threatening way.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/small-business-employees-are-more-likely-to-face-abuse-study-finds-2016-01-25

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