Workplace Violence and Bullying at Work

Workplace Violence and Bullying at Work Overview


Due to their power, managers might be thought to experience less workplace bullying. However, in a 1992 by Leymann senior managers reported the highest degree of bullying. These findings may be due to pressure and high rates of competition among managers.

This study clearly shows that the power imbalance between bully and victim may not be due to position. Researching bullying within this group further would help understand bullying in different occupations and at different organizational levels. (Salin, 2001).

Workplace bullying does not only affect the victim but the organization to a certain extent as well. One might suspect that bullying would lead victims to take more time off work but there is only a weak connection between bullying and absenteeism that is however significant. In a study by Hoel in Cooper it was found that those who were currently being bullied at work had the highest numbers of days off.

Those who had not experienced or witnessed bullying had taken the least days off. Victims of bullying may not take significantly more days off work because they fear it would escalate the bullying. They may also want to prove that they are capable of doing their job. It may also be possible that those who suffered the most from bullying had already left their jobs and were therefore not apart of the study sample.

Those who suffer the most from workplace bullying might therefore not be adequately represented in the research. Even if victims of bullying do not take significantly more days off work, the waste to the company adds up. (Rayner, et al., 2002).

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