Workplace bullying witnesses consider quitting more than the victims

New research from the Sauder School of Business at UBC reveals that workers who witness bullying can have a stronger urge to quit than those who experience it firsthand. The findings of the study indicate bullying’s corrosive effects in the workplace may be more dramatic and costly than suspected.

“We tend to assume that people experiencing bullying bear the full brunt. However, our findings show that people across an organization experience a moral indignation when others are bullied that can make them want to leave in protest,” says Sauder Prof. Sandra Robinson, co-author of the study published in the current edition of the journal Human Relations.


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