The Impacts of Bullying on Bystanders

An adjunct professor in Texas is studying workplace bullying from a different view.

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017 7:16 AM
Updated: Dec. 11, 2017 1:24 PM

(UNT) -- An adjunct professor in Texas is studying workplace bullying from a different view.

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“I’m looking at the bystander versus the bully or the victim – If I witness it, how does it affect me? Does it affect my relationships with co-workers or myself?” says Michele Medina, University of North Texas.

Medina says even if people haven't been bullied, its likely that they've seen it. 

UNT writes that in a separate 2014 study, 28.7 million people witnessed bullying. However, the school says researchers don't know much about how it impacts those who see it.

In her research, UNT says bystanders watched employee training videos showing bullying and neutral encounters.

UNT writes that witnesses who saw the bullying may believe they can become a target, which can have impacts in the workplace.

“There’s a price to pay,” said Medina. “Kids who are bullies tend to grow up to be adults who are bullies. It doesn’t necessarily go away. Understanding how bullying affects everyone at work, and which employees are most likely to be affected, allows companies and organization to address all aspects of workplace bullying properly.”

To see the full UNT article, click here. 

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