When Co-Workers are Bullied, Everyone Wants to Quit

From my friend Todd Essig's great Forbes blog Managing Mental Wealth comes a piece about research on the effects of watching co-workers get bullied in the office.  Managers should especially take note. From the piece:

Those who manage or have any responsibility for the conduct of a group or work unit already know to squash bullying behavior. It’s not the kind of thing you want in your organization. But despite such common practice, new research about the damaging organizational influence of ambient, or secondary, bullying suggests managers just may want to increase their efforts to eliminate bullying completely.

Research about to be published in the July, 2012 issue of Human Relations titled Escaping bullying: The simultaneous impact of individual and unit-level bullying on turnover intentions sampled responses from nurses at 41 different hospital units. The researchers first looked at whether people want to quit their jobs when they themselves are bullied. Then they added an interesting twist. They asked whether people form an intention to quit their job when they are in a  work environment in which others are bullied even when they themselves had not been bullied.

Read the entire piece at Managing Mental Wealth.

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Posted on July 10, 2012 .