This is the final blog post in our series of blogs about workplace bullying. We have looked at ways you can tackle bullying in the workplace, signs to look out for and places where bullying may take place. In this blog post we look at the impact of workplace bullying. The negative impacts of workplace bullying not only affect the employee but they can also affect the business as a whole.
Founder of Bullies Out, an anti-bullying charity stated that the impact of workplace bullying on an individual employee are devastating. The bullied employee can feel stressed or anxious about going to work and this can result in serious panic attacks.
An employee may struggle sleeping or eating and experience high blood pressure which can be damaging to their health. Employees experiencing workplace bullying can also feel lonely, have low self esteem and low self confidence too.
However, how does this affect your business?
A study by Gender and Society found that 80% of women changed jobs within 2 years of being harassed.
Worrying research by TUC in 2015 found that a third of the UK workforce have experienced workplace bullying at same time in their working life. But it goes deeper than that.
Workplace bullying creates an unhappy and unproductive workforce. This then leads to poor team morale and poor employee performance for the business. This is not just for the person being bullied, but also for those in their team and others within the business.
If workplace bullying is not dealt with appropriately it will impact the overall business in regards to high sickness rates, poor employee retention and profit loss.
Research in 2008 found that employees are more likely to try and find flaws within a business or even sabotage a business is they witness bullying in the workplace that is not dealt with correctly. The employee being bullied and those seeing that it is not being dealt with are also likely to leave either the department they work in or the business all together.
Figures from the NHS report that bullying and harassment in the workplace costs around £2.3b a year for organisations when things like absences, lower productivity levels, associated compensations and legal costs are considered.
If you are concerned about the negative impact of bullying in your workplace and want help to avoid this risk, contact the team of HR consultants at Aspire Cambridge on 01223 855440.