Bullying worse than sexual harassment: Study

Most talented, most often to be bullied
By Lesley Young
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2009

It is nebulous, nasty and shrouded in silence. It is the source of malicious rumours and isolation from colleagues. It is intimidation tactics, such as setting impossible deadlines.

Workplace bullying or “psychological aggression” is also more harmful to employees’ well-being and job satisfaction than sexual harassment.

That’s according to two Canadian researchers who reviewed 110 studies over 21 years that addressed sexual harassment and aggression in the workplace. They found both types of behaviours result in toxic work environments and affect employees’ health, but cases involving aggression had more serious consequences on both counts.