Men & Women ‘React Differently’ To Workplace Bullying


Although men and women are nearly at equal risk of being bullied at work, the sexes appear to react differently if they do find themselves subjected to this kind of attack.

This is according to new research from Aarhus BSS and the University of Copenhagen, which found that for women bullying in the workplace doubles their sickness absence, can affect their health negatively over the long term and can also result in increased use of antidepressants.

Men, meanwhile, are actually twice as likely as women to exit the labour market entirely for a while as a result of workplace bullying.

Assistant professor Tine Mundbjerg Eriksen from the Department of Economics and Business Economics at Aarhus BSS noted that it would seem that bullied men are more likely to go into work even when they’re actually ill. It was also found that bullying affects men’s salary levels in a negative way, suggesting that bullying could hinder opportunities for promotions and pay rises.

“One way of bullying is that your colleagues or your boss impede your ability to do your job properly, make changes to your work or hand the fun and important tasks to others,” the expert continued.

Research published by the TUC at the end of 2015 showed that almost a third of people are actually bullied at work, with 46 per cent admitting that it has an adverse effect on their performance in the office. Another 46 per cent said it has a negative effect on them physically, while 22 per cent said they’d had to have time off work because of it.

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