A new workplace bullying research study conducted by Edith Cowan University and the University of New England found that workplace bullying affects men and women differently.
Women who found themselves working in a hostile work environment responded by working harder and trying to improve their work relationships.
ECU Senior Lecturer Dr Jennifer Loh said one possible reason for women’s reaction to workplace bullying was that women usually place importance on good personal and social relationships with colleagues.
According to the research study, men, on the other hand, reacted to workplace bullying by ignoring the bully, by taking longer breaks from work and taking more sick days.
The study also found that women encountered workplace bullying more often than men.