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Workplace bullying and sick leave — a 2-way street

Lauren Finestone

Bullying increases the risk of workers getting sick and taking time off from work, both in the short term and the long term.

We already know that workplace bullying — persistent and repeated behaviour like harassment, exclusion, threats, humiliation and sabotage — is a major psychosocial factor that harms workers’ mental and physical health bullying, hurts organisational productivity and increases absences from sick leave. Sickness absence also comes with hefty economic and social costs. When people can't work due to health problems can lead to big c...

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Published 15 September, 2023