Tens of millions of American workers have been targets of bullying in the workplace - and their health is deteriorating because of it. The effects of workplace bullying brought on by either a bad boss or coworker typically do not end if you leave your job, either. Studies have shown that if you face ongoing bullying and harassment, you will likely suffer from physical and psychological health issues after you leave a hostile work environment. Here are just some of the long-term effects that can result from workplace bullying.
The Effects of Workplace Bullying on Employees
1) Your Mental Health Can Suffer
Facing a workplace bully day in and day out can certainly get stressful. Therefore, many people who experience bullying and harassment at work suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic attacks, severe anxiety, depression, and even compromised memory. These mental disorders can also result in other detrimental health problems from hyper-sensitivity and paranoia to more severe issues such as alcohol or drug abuse.
2) Your Physical Health Can Deteriorate
The effects of workplace bullying on your mental health can also lead to physical ailments. Unnecessary, excess workplace stress has been known to manifest in other parts of the body due to its negative impact on the immune system. Stress and anxiety can lead to common illnesses such as the flu, colds, or migraine headaches, and more moderate issues like teeth grinding, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and hormone disturbances. More serious physical health problems linked to bullying in the workplace are high blood pressure, chest pain, and even heart attacks.
3) It Can Affect the Well-Being of Your Coworkers
While workplace bullying can cause you to experience mental, physical, and emotional health issues due to direct exposure, it can also adversely affect the well-being of your coworkers. Research has found that 98 percent of people who witness bullying at work become distressed by the hostility even if it they don't experience bullying directly. There has also been a statistically significant link between witnesses working in an organization where bullying occurs and a wish to quit their jobs.
4) Workplace Bullying Can Impact Work Performance
Because workplace bullying affects more than just victims, it can negatively impact the entire business environment. If you are being bullied, you will likely suffer from low self-esteem, so you may not feel as if you can competently complete certain tasks. Self-esteem issues can also result in the inability to make accurate work-related decisions. You may also just not feel motivated to complete your work - or come to work at all. Your coworkers who witness the bullying and its negative effects may also succumb to lack of motivation due to low office morale and hostile working conditions.
Effects of Workplace Bullying: Additional Resources
- How Workplace Bullying Destroys Well-Being and Productivity via Psychology Today
- Impact of Workplace Bullying on Coworkers via The Workplace Bullying Institute
- Workplace Bullying Can Lead to Long-Term Employee Illnesses via JDSupra.com
Workplace Harassment Lawyers in Los Angeles
Signs of workplace bullying can either be blatant or subtle, but all are illegal if you are experiencing bullying and harassment due to your sex, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, race, religion, or other protected factors. If you feel you are a victim of bullying in the California workplace, contact our Los Angeles workplace harassment lawyers at Hennig Ruiz for a free consultation today.