The American Psychological Association (APA) has added new resources to its Center for Organizational Excellence web page as part of its Resources for Employers. However, anyone interested in the topic of workplace bullying should find helpful information. The information was added with the help of David Yamada, law professor at Suffolk University in Boston, MA and director of the New Workplace Institute. Yamada is the author of the anti-bullying legislation called the Healthy Workplace Bill, which is on the legislative dockets in 11 states.
According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, workplace bullying is repeated, health-harming behavior against one or more people that is perpetrated by one or more coworkers, supervisors, or other people in the workplace. It can occur as verbal abuse, verbal or nonverbal behaviors which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, and work interference which prevents work from being done.
The APA resource page includes links to information for people wishing to learn more about the psychological effects of workplace bullying, including:
- Books by leading experts, such as Gary and Ruth Namie, Robert Sutton, and Paul Babiak and Robert Hare;
- Articles from the American Psychological Association;
- Events and conferences;
- Prevalence studies;
- Organizations devoted to researching workplace bullying.
This web page reinforces what has been known about workplace bullying for several years - that it causes great psychological harm to people who experience it either as direct targets or as bystanders. In fact, part of the definition of workplace bullying used by the Workplace Bullying Institute is that it causes harm to people either physically, mentally or both. Depression, post traumatic stress disorder, circulatory issues, gastrointestinal disorders, and sleep disorders are common in people who have experienced the trauma of workplace bullying.
For further information on the New Workplace Institute and links to David Yamada' s work, click here.