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Bullying and sick leave

Research conducted in Finland suggests that bullying at work increases the amount of sick leave employees take.

And it is not just the victims of bullying who take more time off, found researchers at the University of Helsinki, but also colleagues who work alongside them.

'Problems in social relationships are thought to impair an individual's immune response, ' they explain, 'and bullying involves elements of social conflict, isolation and poor social support, all of which have been linked to increased rates of sickness and even death.'

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