When will bullying in the workplace get on the news? Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill is something to pay attention too. Hopefully they will be the first ones in the country to have a bill in place to protect workers.
We reported earlier this year that a Norwegian study revealed that bullied targets are twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts than those who were never bullied. Pioneer Heinz Leymann estimated that 10 percent of those bullied take their lives, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI).
Researchers defined bullying as harassment, badgering, and freezing out that:
- Occurred repeatedly over a period of time.
- Involved two parties in which one had a higher ranking than the other.
It happens so often that there’s now a term for it. “Bullycide” happens when the cause of suicide is attributable to the victim having been bullied.
Now researchers in Australia report similar findings. In June 2016, Australian researchers determined that workplace bullying or harassment was associated with 1.54 greater odds of suicide ideation.
How workplace bullying can lead any of us to suicide (“bullycide”)
Findings show that none of us have a thick enough skin to be exempt from the…
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