The emotional and physical effects of bullying
Targets of workplace bullying experience higher rates of anxiety, depression and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) than other employees, leading to increased health issues that can affect productivity.
In some cases, health problems resulting from extreme bullying have prevented people from returning to the workforce entirely.
Bullying influences workers’ lives inside and outside the office, effecting their daily activities, family life, self-esteem and wider social engagement. The pain doesn’t end when they walk out the office door.
The experience of being bullied can cause lasting mental health damage to victims.
This is supported by a growing body of research and is self-evident to anyone who has ever been bullied. In some cases, the pain and trauma stays with victims for years or even decades after the events.