"Bullying is like a slow poison. It destroys lives and costs organisations far more than the huge fines. Organisations where bullying exists suffer from atrophy. Bullied staff and bystanders are usually disengaged from their work, whilst bullies are too often promoted or transferred. To the individual the costs of workplace bullying can be long term depression, anxiety, psychiatric illness, physical illness an suicide. Costs to the organisation of psychological harm can be litigation, personal liability, Fair work Commission (formerly Fair Work Australia) and WorkCover compensation claims as well as low productivity and morale, high stress leave, absenteeism, presenteeism (at work but not productive), staff turnover, cost of recruiting and training new staff, workplace sabotage, violence and in some cases suicide or murder. "
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