Men more likely to quit work due to workplace bullying: Study

Research highlights different reactions men, women have to harassment
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2017

Men and women react differently to workplace bullying, with women being more likely to take sick leave while men are more prone to quit their job, according to a study out of Denmark.

Men are less likely to report harassment, while women take double the sick leave of non-bullied workers and are more likely to use antidepressant medication, found the study Long-term Consequences of Workplace Bullying on Sickness Absence, drawing data from a 2006 study of 3,100 Danish workers, as well as the country’s registry database.

“I was surprised,” said Tine Eriksen, co-author of the study and assistant professor at the department of economics and business at Aarhus University. “I actually thought men and women would react in the same way to bullying, especially when you think of bullying having a negative effect on health. I think these results indicate that health is actually negatively affected by being subject to bullying.”