Combating the Varieties of Violence at Work

Source: William F. Badzmierowski, Campus Safety Magazine, November/December 2009

Bullying is a form of occupational stress that impacts people’s mental and physical health. There is also recent evidence that workplace-related stress elevates the risk of alcohol and drug abuse, and even coronary heart disease.

According to the American Medical Association, many reports of extreme violence in school settings have been linked to bullying. The perpetrators, often former targets, turn violent and take revenge – delineating a tragic cycle in which a bully’s physical intimidation leads to tragic consequences.

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