Men are twice as likely as women to leave the market if they’ve been the victim of workplace bullying, according to new research.
Men are more likely to leave the labour market completely in response to workplace bullying, according to a new report.
The research – which was undertaken by Aarhus BSS and the University of Copenhagen – revealed that while women will go on prolonged sick leave or use antidepressants when they fall victim to bullying at work, men are twice as likely leave the market.
Tine Mundbjerg Eriksen, assistant professor from the department economics at Aarhus BSS, commented: “The million-dollar question is why men primarily react by leaving the workplace, while women react to bullying by taking prolonged sick leave. If anything, this illustrates that men and women handle bullying differently.”
According to the research, bullying does not increase sickness absence among men, as it does for women. Instead, this type of conduct appears to negatively affect their salary, suggesting that it hinders eligibility for promotion.
Ms Eriksen explained that examples of workplace bullying can include an employer standing in the way of a person doing their job properly or changing responsibilities so that the enjoyable or fun tasks are given to other staff members.
The report reveals that both women and men are equally vulnerable to workplace bullying, but the latter is more at risk of physical intimidation compared to the former.
Previous studies have demonstrated that bullying can lead to victims experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as long-term sickness. In 2003, research from Lederne revealed that this type of harassment is responsible for two million sick days every year.
Ms Eriksen believes that the majority of bullying cases in the workplace will never be reported, meaning that more research needs to be done to shine a light on the issue. She added that it is an expensive problem for both the individuals experiencing it and society in general, which is why she wants to “go deeper”.
More than 3,100 people were surveyed as part of the research and of these, seven per cent admitted to being the victim of workplace bullying.