What is it about?

In the study, we show that the risk of being subjected to workplace bullying does not increase if you try to intervene. IF, on the other hand, you choose NOT to do anything at all when you see bullying, the risk is more than three times as great that you yourself will later be exposed to workplace bullying!

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Why is it important?

Although the fear of intervention is probably very real for many, there does not seem to be much to be afraid of when we look at our results. The risks exist when you do NOT intervene, because then you let the harassment in the workplace continue and you give the bully support to continue with the negative behaviour, at least indirectly. For organizations, it is important that there are ways to act when you see negative behaviors in the workplace. It not only helps the victim, but also the witness and the workplace at large.

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This page is a summary of: Witnessing bullying at work: Inactivity and the risk of becoming the next target., Psychology of Violence, December 2021, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/vio0000406.
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