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Work Harassment Lowers Job Performance

Work Harassment Lowers Job PerformanceA new study examined the effects of workplace sexual harassment and found that employees who were harassed report lower levels of job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and job performance.

Employees also experienced higher levels of psychological distress and physical problems than those who were not harassed.

Darius K-S Chan, Chun Bun Lam, Suk Yee Chow, and Shu Fai Cheung examined the job-related, psychological, and physical outcomes of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Using statistical techniques, the researchers analyzed findings from 49 studies on workplace harassment, with a total sample size of 89,382 people. The sample consisted of employees from different countries, with Americans being the vast majority.

Female employees did not appear to be more strongly impacted than males.

Age, however, did play a role. Sexual harassment experiences were found to be more consistently tied to job-related outcomes, psychological well-being, and physical health among younger employees than older employees.

“An accurate understanding of sexual harassment outcomes sustains organizational efforts directed at preventive information and legislation,” the authors conclude.

“Our results provide solid information for organizations to address the issue of sexual harassment.”

The research was published in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Source: Blackwell Publishing

Work Harassment Lowers Job Performance

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Work Harassment Lowers Job Performance. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/11/24/work-harassment-lowers-job-performance/3399.html

 

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