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Study: Workplace bullying a problem

SHAWN CUMBERBATCH, [email protected]

Study: Workplace bullying a problem

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A NEW STUDY by University of the West Indies (UWI) academic Dr Dwayne Devonish has found that workplace bullying is a problem in Barbadian businesses, sometimes leading to “depression” and “counterproductive behaviours” among employees.

As a result of the research, which found that more than half of a sample of 300 private sector employees were exposed to at least two acts of bullying, the senior lecturer in management studies recommended proactive measures, including “harsh sanctions”.

Devonish examined the effects of different forms of workplace bullying on physical exhaustion, work-related depression and counterproductive (negative) work behaviours in private sector organisations in Barbados.

“It was revealed that 54 per cent of sampled employees reported being exposed to at least two acts of bullying at least weekly over the last six months,” Devonish said. (SC)

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