Bullying most harmful harassment: Study

Victims report lower job and life satisfaction, increased anxiety and depression
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/05/2010

Workplace bullying is harder on victims than other forms of harassment, according to a study by researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.

Victims of gender- and ethnic-based harassment are still negatively affected but people who experience generalized workplace harassment, often called bullying, had lower organizational commitment, job satisfaction and life satisfaction, said Jana Raver, co-author of Once, Twice, or Three Times as Harmful? Ethnic Harassment, Gender Harassment, and Generalized Workplace Harassment.

They also had higher turnover intentions, anxiety, depression and physical symptoms, found the study of 735 employees at various organizations in the United States.