Two Canadian researchers recently concluded that workplace bullying causes some of the worst effects and leads many workers to experience very low workplace satisfaction. Often, it’s so bad, workers quit their jobs.
Sandy Hershcovis from the University of Manitoba and Julian Barling from Queen’s University looked at the effects of workplace bullying by studying 130 surveys. They found that workplace bullying had more severe effects on workers than even sexual harassment. The researchers determined that this in part has to do with the fact that there are legal structures and workplace policies to address sexual harassment while there are very few to address bullying.
All of this research is not news to most CUPE members. Workshops and local surveys have consistently shown that workplace bullying is rampant and needs to be addressed.