Workplace Aggression & Clinical Depression
One of the reasons I work with workplace conflict issues is because I believe that the workplace can be a safe and productive place. We spend at least one third of our day at work with other people, and it’s awful to think that all of that time is spent fraught with pain and anxiety because of conflicts that can be handled, mitigated, and resolved.
In fact in recent research conducted in Sweden, 33% of the women workers responding to a study about witnessing workplace bullying behaviors showed a higher prevalence of clinical depression and 16.4% of their male counterparts showed the same. I am not going to speculate on why the women’s numbers are higher, as the researchers did not address this and speculation is the arena of stereotypes. Suffice to say, there you have it – there are higher rates of clinical depression in those who witness workplace bullying behaviors.
Workplace Aggression Can Be Resolved
Given the high costs of clinical depression in workers – medical costs, absenteeism, lower productivity, and given the costs to the targets of aggressive behavior in the workplace, it behooves employers to take note and take action to respond to workplace aggression.
Yes, there is help, including:
- specialized coaching and training
- effective policies
- leadership from the top that sets a culture of civility
- responsive Human Resource professionals
I’m Kathleen Bartle, a strategic consultant on workplace conflict to executives worldwide for more than 20 years. My work brings individualized solutions to your teams’ lost productivity, loss of key personnel, low morale, and the high costs resulting from bullying, abrasive behaviors and interpersonal workplace conflicts. You can contact me here.
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