Mental Attitude: Workplace Bullying Problematic.
New research has found that bullying at work can increase anxiety levels in victims, leaving them less able to stand up for themselves and more vulnerable to further harassment. The researchers suggest that employers crack down on workplace bullies while also helping victims gain the skills to deal with difficult situations. Study co-author Dr. Sanz Vergel adds, “We are by no means victim-blaming here. Clearly employers need to have strong policies against workplace bullying. But training programs to help victims learn coping mechanisms could help to break the vicious cycle.” Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal, February 2015