Ways How Bullying Can Affect the Workplace
Bullying can happen even in the workplace. Workplace bullying is a form of repeated harassment against a person, with the intent of harming the target. Unfortunately, New Zealand has the second highest rate of workplace bullying in the world.
According to a survey, one in five workers suffers from this kind of harassment. Knowing your full employee rights in New Zealand can help you fight against bullying and address this treatment legally. The legal experts at I.R.Thompson Associates Ltd present four effects of workplace bullying.
1. Psychological Stress
Employees who fall victim under this kind of treatment experience psychological health problems like post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, depression, and stress breakdown.
2. Physical Stress
According to the World Health Organization, workplace stress leads to chronic fatigue symptoms. The stress from bullying negatively affects the employee’s physical health by bringing down the immune system, increasing the frequency of colds, coughs, fevers, irritation and ulcers. Moreover, employees who are bullied are at a greater risk of developing cardiac diseases.
3. Decreased Productivity
Workplace bullying affects the overall performance of an employee. Bullied employees often have problems making decisions, are incapable of concentrating, and have decreased self-esteem. Bullied employees are often traumatised and feel powerless, disoriented, confused and helpless, making them less likely to work.
4. Effect to the Employers
Bullying affects not just the victim, but the employers as well. It creates a hostile work environment that promotes absenteeism and increased turnover. They also experience costly effects due to the increased use of sick leaves, health claims, turnovers, additional cost for recruitment and high risk of legal actions
Knowing and Valuing Employee Rights
As an employee, knowing your full rights can guide you to protect and take necessary legal actions in case you experience workplace bullying. Employers, on the other hand, can also uphold their policies and guidelines and promote a culture of respect and acceptance in the workplace.