Policy Characteristics for the Prevention of Workplace Bullying Anteceded by Heterosexism: A Delphi Study


The aim of this study’s was to  obtain  organizational  practices  or  policies  that  can  help  diminish  the  risk  of  heterosexism  as  it  pertains  to  workplace  bullying  of  lesbian,  gay,  bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) workers. Heterosexism and workplace bullying are still prevalent concerns for LGBT workers, causing psychological and physical illness and reduced organizational effectiveness. This study contributes to social change by informing leaders, politicians, advocacy groups, and scholars on recommendations to help  safeguard the health of employees, safeguard operational effectiveness of an organization, and reduce workplace bullying of LGBT and other marginalized employees. Findings of this study include that “organizational programs and policies should be developed and implemented to provide anti-bullying policies that protect all employees, not just minority or potentially marginalized employees.” Additionally, the results support the direction that “organizational leaders should begin to mitigate the damage of workplace bullying through enforcement of current policies.” 

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Scott A. McCalla
Year of Publication: 
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture
Date Published: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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