"Mental illness is the leading cause of long-term work incapacity in the developed world, with the cost to Australian employers more than $10.9 billion a year."
Of course, not all mental illness is a result of workplace bullying and harassment. However, the survey of 195 staff and students from the University of Newcastle revealed the significant role played by workplace bullying issues in mental health.
As reported to the Parliamentary Workplace Bullying inquiry, the survey of University of Newcastle revealed that
- “major anxiety disorder which is the polar opposite to my normal personality”,
- “constant panic at the workplace”,
- “random periods of tears”,
- “feeling under threat, walking on eggshells” or
- “feeling overwhelmed, extremely disliked, powerless, disenfranchised”.