Workplace bullying in risk and safety professionals

Brewer, Gayle ORCID: 0000-0003-0690-4548, Holt, Barry and Malik, Shahzeb
(2018) Workplace bullying in risk and safety professionals. JOURNAL OF SAFETY RESEARCH, 64. pp. 129-133.

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<h4>Introduction</h4>Previous research demonstrates that workplace bullying impacts the welfare of victimized employees, with further consequences for the organization and profession. There is, however, a paucity of information relating to the bullying directed at risk and safety professionals. The present study was conducted to address this issue.<h4>Method</h4>Risk and safety professionals (N=420) completed the Negative Acts Questionnaire - Revised and Brief Cope, and reported the extent to which they had been pressured to make or amend a risk or safety based decision.<h4>Results</h4>Those experiencing workplace bullying were more likely to engage in a range of coping behaviors, with exposure to work-related and personal bullying particularly influential. Workplace bullying also predicted pressure to make or change a risk or safety based decision. Work related and physically intimidating bullying were particularly important for this aspect of professional practice.<h4>Conclusions</h4>Findings are discussed with regard to current practice and the support available to risk and safety professionals.<h4>Practical applications</h4>Risk and safety professionals require additional support in relation to workplace bullying and specifically guidance to resist pressure to make or change a risk or safety based decision.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Workplace bullying, Physical health, Coping behaviors, Decision-making, Victimization
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2018 09:26
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2024 04:44
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsr.2017.12.015
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