New research reveals that bullies hide behind technology in work
New research has found that technology is taking a greater role in workplace bullying, with cruel members of staff using text messages, emails, and social media to bully their colleagues.
The research was conducted by Nottingham and Sheffield universities. They study found that advances in technology have allowed bullying to become more covert in the workplace. This has allowed bullying to happen without bosses being able to identify the issue.
Dr Iain Coyne, who co-wrote the study, said that victims of cyber bullying often had “higher mental strain” which resulted in low job satisfaction. He went on to say that victims of cyber bullying often face reduced wellbeing in other aspects of their lives.
He said, “This could affect the witness's reaction to the bullying and potentially whether to report it or otherwise intervene.”
The research took place over three surveys which asked employees about their experience of cyber bullying. They were asked to classify what they thought cyber bullying meant, whether it related to the threat of harm or simple gossip.
The surveys also asked whether workers had been victims of bullying themselves. 80% of the 320 respondents to the survey said they had experiences cyber bullying in some form or another in the past six months.