Women harassed on the job work harder, while bullied men take long breaks and more sick days, a new study has found.
Researchers from Australia's Edith Cowan University and the University of New England studied 317 Australian white-collar workers and how workplace "incivility" affects productivity.
They define incivility as gossiping, suggestive remarks and insulting colleagues.
In the study, women were found to be bullied at the office more often than men, likely due to gender inequality and women being less likely to hold a senior position. They respond by trying to work harder to improve their work relationships, the researchers said. Men, on the other hand, were found to deal with poor treatment by ignoring their bullies or withdrawing from work.
"Some may question what the problem is given our results indicated women did not withdraw from work when treated rudely or without respect at work," study author Jennifer Loh said. "But it is important to remember that all employees, including women, have a right to be treated with respect and fairness at work."