Workplace bullying affects employee morale
Many professionals climbing the corporate ladder take personal responsibility for their actions and make it a daily priority to treat their co-workers with respect.
On the other end of the spectrum, some workers attempt to establish themselves in the business world by harassing, or bullying, their colleagues as part of an ill-fated attempt to gain power and respect. A new study by University of Auckland researchers reveals that this style not only negatively impacts victims of bullying but the entire workplace as well.
According to Big Pond News, the study examined the link between inter-office bullying and workplace morale among more than 1,700 workers. Negative behavior between co-workers had a ripple effect on people observing the bullying, researchers found.
"The greater exposure a person had to bullying, both directly and indirectly, the more negative their perception of the work environment was," said Dr. Helena Cooper-Thomas, a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Auckland, as quoted by the media outlet. "Greater exposure to bullying was also associated with lower well-being and poorer work attitudes."
The Workplace Bullying Institute estimates that more than one-third of the American workforce experiences bullying at their jobs.