Workplace Bullying In Academia: A Canadian Study

  • Ruth McKay
  • Diane Huberman Arnold
  • Jae Fratzl
  • Roland Thomas
Article

Abstract

This paper examines the results of a workplace bully survey sent to faculty, instructors and librarians at a mid-sized Canadian university in 2005. The potential sources of workplace bullying by colleagues, administrators and students are examined. The survey determined that workplace bullying is of particular concern for employees that are newly hired or untenured. The systemic nature of this phenomenon and the spillover effect from one job domain to another are identified. The findings indicate costs for the university linked to workplace bullying. Costs include increased employee turnover, changed perception of the university by employees and reduced employee engagement.

Key words

workplace bullying education employee engagement legal ethics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth McKay
    • 1
  • Diane Huberman Arnold
    • 1
  • Jae Fratzl
    • 2
  • Roland Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.Sprott School of BusinessCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Artworks Counselling and PsychotherapyTorontoCanada

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