Does workplace bullying affect long-term sickness absence among co-workers?

Tidsskriftartikel - 2017


AIM: To examine if non-bullied employees at work units (WUs) with workplace bullying have more long-term sickness absence (LTSA) than employees in non-bullying WUs.

METHODS: We included 7229 public health employees from 302 WUs and 3158 responders to a questionnaire on working conditions and health in 2007. WUs were classified into three categories of WUs; 1) no bullying (0% bullied); 2) moderate prevalence of bullying (<10% bullied); and 3) high prevalence of bullying (≥10% bullied). LTSA (≥30 consecutive days of sickness absence) during the following two years was obtained by linkage to the Danish register of sickness absence compensation benefits and social transfer payments.

RESULTS: Non-bullied co-workers in WUs, where bullying was reported had 15 to 22% more LTSA compared with non-bullying WUs.

CONCLUSION: Workplace bullying may be associated with LTSA in the entire WU.


Hansen ÅM, Grynderup MB, Bonde JP, Conway PM, Garde AH, Kaerlev L, Kolstad HA, Mikkelsen S, Rugulies R, Thomsen JF, Willert M, Hogh A. Does workplace bullying affect long-term sickness absence among co-workers?. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2017;60(2):132-137.
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001209

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