We know workplace bullying causes health issues. In a 2012 Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) poll, more than half of respondents were treated by a physician (71 percent) and/or mental health professional (63 percent). Not surprisingly, respondents reported their top five workplace bullying-related health problems (in order of frequency):
- Anxiety (76%)
- Loss of concentration (71%)
- Disrupted sleep (71%)
- Hypervigilance symptoms (60%)
- Stress headaches (55%)
Putting it all together
Symptoms translate to serious health issues — all due to the hurt, pain, and often shock of the workplace abuse from toxic bosses’ and coworkers’ insecurity and entitlement.
- PTSD. More than 30 percent of respondents had symptoms Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when we consider that PTSD includes intrusive thoughts, hypervigilance, and avoidance-disassociation.
- Clinical depression and anxiety. Nearly 50 percent reported symptoms of clinical depression, including sleep disruption, loss of concentration or memory, uncontrollable mood swings, and emotion-regulating medications. Nearly 80 percent reported overwhelming anxiety. More than 50 percent reported panic attacks.
- Suicidal and violent thoughts. Nearly 30 percent reported suicidal thoughts, and 40 percent understood how a person could be driven to hurting or killing those who bullied them.
- Heart problems. More than 60 percent reported heart palpitations, and nearly 60 percent reported high blood pressure.
- Mistrust and grief. More than 74 percent reported sense of betrayal by peers, more than 62 percent reported distrust of institutions, and nearly 47 percent reported grief over losses.
Workplace bullying is associated with awakening problems and lack of restful sleep. These sleep problems do not seem to change with leisure-time physical activity, reveal researchers from the Department of Public Health in Copenhagen.
Poor sleep leads to health problems, which lead to increased absenteeism.
Simply put: a bad boss can cause you to be out of work. Now we have proof.
In just a few short days, this Facebook post has resonated with nearly 6,000 Facebook users who shared it. 238 likes. 89,138 people reached. And these numbers are still growing.
For those of us who love data, compare those numbers to our second most popular Facebook post – with 1,204 shares.
What these stats mean
Nearly 6,000 Facebook shares means that:
- Workplace bullying is epidemic. We live in a bully culture at the expense of our best workers’ health. That’s bad for everyone, no matter how you slice it: businesses, workers, and our personal relationships.
- We’re growing. Reaching nearly 90,000 people resulted from your commitment to spreading the word over the years. You’ve helped build a base of advocates who are creating a ripple effect and helping to make “workplace bullying” a household term – one person at a time.
Thank you for spreading the word about workplace bullying. You’re making a difference.