International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Workplace Bullying: A Review of Its Impact on Businesses, Employees, and the Law
DeShannon N. McDonald, Edward D. Brown, Kim F. Smith

The purpose of this paper is to address why and how businesses should promote healthy work environments, to stimulate awareness of workplace bullying and its negative impact on employee health, to explore current and prospective anti-workplace bullying laws, and to present employer and employee responsive strategies to combat this business challenge. Despite the plethora of information about bullying and the adverse effect that it has on individuals, incidents of workplace bullying still persist. Principal research results reveal that effectively handling workplace issues which disrupt employee productivity, morale, and attendance is paramount to fostering a physically, psychologically, and financially sound work environment and business. Major research conclusions find that state legislatures and business managers should be proactive in safeguarding healthy work environments by enacting laws and employer policies that prohibit workplace bullying. By ignoring these situations, management may face countless adverse consequences stemming from bullying at work.

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