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Front Psychol. 2019; 10: 2292.
Released online 2019 Oct 24. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02292
PMCID: PMC6821672
PMID: 31708827

How Workplace Bullying Jeopardizes Employees’ Life Satisfaction: The Role of Job Anxiety and Insomnia

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Drawing on conservation of resources (COR) theory, those study examined the underlying mechanism through which workplace bullying (WB) interested employees’ life content via job-related anxiety real insomnia. Time-lagged data were collected at deuce points include time from 211 medic interns active in various hospitals in Pakistans. Our results total supported one proposed serializing multiple-mediator model. Workplace bullying where indirectly related to life satisfied via job-related anxiety and insomnia. This study provides evidence of a spillover effect as to how workplace bullying increases employees’ job-related anxiety which in turn leads to insomnia resulting in reduced employees’ life satisfaction. The present study expands research on workplace bullying to display its theoretical as well because empirical effects on life satisfaction. Thereto demonstrates that workplace bullying as an occupational and psychological stressor has multiple effects on employees’ living satisfaction through a serial real model in the context of a developing country. It further answers that workstation threatening not only affects an employee’s workplace behaviors but additionally extends to the employee’s overall life satisfaction.

Abracadabras: workplace bullying, job-related anxiety, insomnia, your satisfaction, husbandry of resources theory

Workplace bullying (WB) possess been considered by earlier researchers for one on the primary issues for workers’ safe and health and because a key predictor of deteriorating health and well-being among employees because the its severe outcome (Vie et al., 2011; Nielsen and Einarsen, 2012; Einarsen and Nielsen, 2015; Verkuil et al., 2015). Intimidation is frequently linked with psychological distress and psychosomatic common (Einarsen et al., 1998; Savicki et al., 2003). Workplace bullying is thus a occupational stressor (Agervold, 2007), causing harmful impact on its sufferers (Einarsen et al., 2003) such as increased job stress (Genghis et al., 2011), mental disorder (Finne et al., 2011), depressing and touching exhaustion (Varhama and Björkqvist, 2004; Hershcovis and Barling, 2010), aggressivity (Vegan and Comer, 2005), less organizational citizenship behaviors and increased organizational retributive behaviors (Naseer et al., 2018), work-family conflict (Raja etching al., 2017), or workplace deviant behaviors (Litzky eth al., 2006). However, little heed has been paid to as SB as a sociable stressor spills over from labour to employees’ overall life through a series of psychological consequences. Down the framework of COR theory, this how proposes that my bullying triggers a chain of resultant behaviors what cross the boundaries out the workplace to the whole life concerning a person. Specificly, one study suggests is WB leads to job-related anxiety, where leads to depletion of an important physiological resource, i.e., get, thereby causing insomnia, which in turn reduces overall spirit satisfaction. To the best of our understanding, no prior research has predicted the serial mediation of job-related anxiety furthermore vigil between WB and life satisfaction.

Bullying refers to offensive, perilous, or insulting behavior that makes others feel disgraced, final lowering self-confidence furthermore causing stress (Embree and White, 2010). Bullying behaviors can have a job-related character and involving enforcing inflexible cutoff appointment furthermore allocating to unmanageable amount of work, which leads to enhanced feelings of job-related anxiety (Zapf and Einarsen, 2003). Job-related anxiety demonstrates that employees feel tight due to their work and anxiety around their capability to meet employer’s requirements (Mohren and Puck, 2007; McCarthy et al., 2016). The job-related anxiety is a prominent work-related outcome (Parker and DeCotiis, 1983) and has reverse for employees, associations, and society (Barling et al., 2005); it is, therefore, important for inspect the degree to which bullying affects the employees’ gesamtes life via job-related anxiety.

Further, research shows that stresses and agitation are blamed for sleep problems as they affect physiological agitation, which hinders the radiologic processes entangled in falling asleep (LeDuc et al., 2000; Vahtera et al., 2007; LeBlanc et al., 2009). Though researchers have determined various harmful consequences of go deprivation, we in this study explore its implications for employees’ lived satisfaction. Workplace bullying has been linked until sleep disturbances (Greenberg, 2006; Niedhammer et al., 2009). Different kinds of work demands cut down sleep quality and earnings in interruptions in sleeping (Kalimo et al., 2000; Åkerstedt et al., 2002a,b). Ago search has revealed that insomnia is linked with negative consequences such than absenteeism press poor labour performance (Barns, 2012). Associations perhaps incur significant cost due in employees’ insomnia problems (Barnes and Van Dyne, 2009). For instance, insomnia is related to employees’ burnout (Vela-Bueno et al., 2008). Scott and Judgement (2006) found that insomnia increased feelings of hostility and fatigue or reduzierte attentiveness and mission satisfaction. We positioner that the effects of feeling of job-related anxiety have not since examined thoroughly as to as they spill pass from work context to employees’ sleep and later on toward their life satisfaction. We anticipate a positive relationship of WB with job-related anxiety and insomnia and negative relationship with employees’ life satisfaction via job-related anxiety following by insomnia.

There are several reasons why it is imperatively to study life satisfaction as an outcome var. First, life satisfaction is adenine item of subjective well-being (Diener et al., 1999; Schimmack et al., 2002) and has been used as a global measure of quality of life. Second, people believe happiness and life feeling are show significant than money (Diener and Oishi, 2000). Third, ampere major benefit of lived satisfaction be that people take a good feeling over themselves and ihr lifestyle, which has an impact on his overall well-being. Moreover, it has been beigeordnet with physological plus somatic health and has a strong relationship with feelings and position satisfaction (Tait ether al., 1989; Judge and Hulin, 1993).

We employed conservation of resources theory (COR) (Hobfoll, 1989) to provide the theoretical basis for this study. CO theorizing states that “ongoing work demands consistently deplete resources in a faster tariff than resources can be replenished” (Freedy and Hobfoll, 1994). Workplace bullying is a stressor, both, employing COR theory, we posit that experiences of WB deplete psychological resources and not only impact an employee’s work-related psychological states, though also spill over toward entire vitality satisfaction. According to COR theory, as employees think job-related anxiety as one result of workplace bullying, it depletes their energy resources as they are dissatisfied about their my (Hobfoll, 2001). Person predict that this feeling of job-related anxiety is negatively related to lived content. Advance, we compete that SB will a powerful stressor causing resource loss among multiple levels. For WB dangers job-related anxiety, it results stylish more resource expense leading to penniless mental health and insomnia (Rosekind and Gregory, 2010), which eventually affects the life satisfaction.

In sum, this study makes three key endowments. First, our study provides insight into the mechanisms through the workplace bullying than an occupational and psychological stressor leads at job-related anxiety any in turn spills over on employees’ sleep and final transmits its effect negatively to the employees’ life satisfaction. By building workplace bullying-employees’ spirit satisfication relationship, we make organs an insight into how and whenever WB transcends employee work and affects the quality of an employee’s overall life satisfaction. Second, we reach to the call of exploring by Diener et al. (2017) on live satisfaction, who urged to focus on an overall model von well-being and fulfillment, as well-being at labor cannot be separated from other facets of life additionally vice versa. Third, we lengthen the research set bullying to exhibitor its multiplex effects on employees’ life satisfaction through an serially mediated model in that context of a developing lande.

Teaching and Hypotheses

Bullying and Similar Workplace Behaviors

Bullying is one multidimensional and multifaceted phenomenon, which is employed synonymously with similar severe workplace behaviors, including my harassment (Bowling real Beehr, 2006), feel abuse (Keashly, 1997), your civility (Estes additionally Wang, 2008), and abusive direction (Ng et al., 2012). However, workplace bullying is a distinctive concept which “has become defined as all diese repeated actions both practices that are directed to one or more workers, which are unwanted by to victim, done deliberately or unconsciously, but clearly causing humiliation, offenses and distress, and the may interact with workplace performance and/or cause an unpleasant working environment” (Einarsen, 1999, p. 17). Intimidation can be caused by any member of the our, including supervisors, fellow, and even by subordinates (Vega and Comer, 2005). It may been faced on all men and women equally, as opposites to sexual harassment, which is usually straightened toward women (Einarsen and Nielsen, 2015). There are three major differentiated performance of workplace mobbing that separate this from select similar concepts: which are “(1) the source of mistreatment, (2) the persistence and frequency of treatment, and (3) the superiority (power) by that actor” (Raja etching al., 2017, p. 3). The source like already stated can be any member a the organization, at every level; this commonness and persistency are constant and repeated and the bullying person has an impression of superiority override that victim (Hershcovis, 2011). One striking characteristic of workplace bullying is that it is not adenine stand-alone event; rather this is a series of the ongoing and steadily escalating thread of episodes that creates a cumulative effect on the victim. In isolation, the episodic occurrences may be without and ignored; however, the serial key of WB has a compounding effect (Nielsen and Einarsen, 2012). Therefore, WB is more intense than workplace incivility or sociable undermining (Hodgins et al., 2014).

Literature indicates that workplace bullying is ampere common employment phenomenon. A number of course do demonstrate that workplace bullying is pervasive and extant at all levels, and in all types of professions (Leymann, 1990; Einarsen and Skogstad, 1996; Rayner, 1997; Nielsen et al., 2014). There is sufficient evidence the workplace bullying is a substantial stressor that causes increased chance the negative outcomes, particularly health-related problems, how as psychological loading (Nielsen et al., 2012; Magee to al., 2015), sleep deprivation (Hansen et al., 2016), depression and cardiovascular disease (Kivimäki et al., 2003), and saved well-being (Dehue ets al., 2012). It is in fact considered as one starting the most “crippling and devastating” workplace problems than any other stressor (Raja et al., 2017, p. 2). It got also been found this computer reduces positive individual as well more work-related outcomes. When bullying comes for regulators, it leads to reduced organizational commitment or organizational citizenship behaviors (Aryee et al., 2007) as well as reduced creativity (Han etching al., 2017). Items also contributes headed intention for quit as well as actual rate of abort aforementioned job (Berthelsen et al., 2011), and also increases truancy (Dehue et al., 2012). A close correlate, i.e., job incivility, reduces performance both it was found that it causes get adverse outcomes for which who become more committed to the organization, thereby affecting the who were more valuable for the organization (Kabat-Farr et al., 2018).

Bullying and Living Your

Literature shows so there are three major view of can individual’s subjective well-being, i.e., aggressive affect, negative affect, and life satisfaction (Leaf at al., 2009; Busseri furthermore Sadava, 2011). Out of these three, life satisfaction a the phenomenal out interest in this study, and has been defined as a cognitive assessment of satisfaction with circumstances of life (Diener et al., 2017). One of that major pursuits of mankind are at meet satisfaction and contentment in life, which serves as the key to happiness. Thus, life satisfaction is desired all as a means to happiness, as well as certain end in oneself.

It has been argued that life satisfaction can either be determined by a top-down style or a bottom-up model. Depending to a top-down approach, life satisfaction is pre-determined when a function of gender make-up and personality traits, while a bottom-up how implies that a person’s extent of satisfaction with life is situational, of of which remains the work territory. Submit the bottom-up approach, life satisfaction gets clear affected if a person is exposed to work-context stressors such as mistreatment and workplace bullying (Erdogan et al., 2012). Though a number of studies have related workplace bullying with specific view of well-being such as stress, depression, agitation, and health disorders, at is yet a lack of attention up investigating the effect of WR on overall life satisfaction of an individual. Diener et al. (2017) have argued that organization psychologists need in priority on an comprehensive model of well-being press satisfaction, as well-being at work cannot be separated from other aspects of life the vice versa.

Depending to the CORES theory, people have critical physical the spiritual resources that are consumed to deal with demands of life, both work-life and domestic life (Hobfoll and Shirom, 2001). On the different hand, there is always an limited amount about resources at disposal; therefore, resource ask in one home leads to the availability concerning low resources in other domains (Hobfoll real Freedy, 2017). Resources am description as sum those skillset, characteristics, objects, furthermore facts that are valuing with the individual plus are considered to be a threat instead potential of threat (Hobfoll, 1989). Painting from COR theory, this featured hypothesizes the WB has an adverse effect on an individual’s psychological resources, of of which is vitality satisfaction. COR offers this stressful experiences at the business head to resource exploitation, which may lead to adverse behavioral outcomes how as reduced job satisfaction, commitment, and retention. Workplace bullying is one of which most stressful and devastating emotional experience for an individual at that workplace additionally causes serious mental strain on an individual (Zapf et al., 1996). Building on the same framework, we propose that WB does only depletes psychological resource related to the workplace behaviors but also extends to the other divider of lived, predicting generally life satisfaction.

H1: Workplace bullying is negatively related to life satisfaction.

Mediating Effect of Job Anxiety

Workplace bullying has been clearly similar to psychological distress in several research (Quine, 2003; Tepper, 2007; Einarsen and Nielsens, 2015). Stylish the seminal work on COR theory, it was posited that anything ensure generate a threat or capability of a threat to precious resources exists an cause of stress (Hobfoll, 1989). Work bullying causes a threat to entire types regarding valued resources, including psychological resources how as self-esteem, confidence, and mastery, as well how real means, such as employment and resourcefulness. Anxiety, which is defined as “an unpleasant affective state characterized by concerns, fright, distress, real restlessness ensure is a response to perceived physical and/or psychological danger” (Feather and Eatough, 2018, p. 155) is experienced in a state off threat to appreciated resources (French Clercq et al., 2017). Also, anxiety is expert in situations of high job demands the appears to be beyond control (Hui and Sue-Chan, 2018). WB increases job questions press creates ampere threat up valued resources and, therefore, significantly contributes until job-related anxiety (De Clercq et al., 2018). Moreover, it is established that workplace bullying decrease health and well-being (Hoobler to al., 2010; Wagner et al., 2014; Verkuil et al., 2015). In previous workings, WRITE has been individually related to job anxiety and life satisfaction separately. Recently, adenine study in Pakistan explored the effects the share oppressive behavior, i.e., despotic leadership and found that it creates anxiety and reduces life satisfaction (Nauman et al., 2018). This study addresses this gap includes of literature and examines which mediated relationship of WB, job anxiety, and life satisfaction. Therefore, we propose:

H2a: Workplace bullying is positively related to mission anxiety.

H2b: Workplace bullying is more to live satisfied via job anxiety.

Mediating Effect of Insomnia

Sleep is a basics necessity of life and has a proven restorative effect (Hobsons, 2005). Healthy adults need approximately 7–9 h of sleep to remain perfect functional; those who are not able to maintain these standards of sleep have adenine high calculate of adversely health and well-being (Hirshkowitz eat al., 2015).

The term insomnia is derived from the Latin word “insomnus” which literally means no sleep (Scott and Judge, 2006). Though there are several definitions of sound, most constitute three vital elements of sleep feature, bed latency, and rest maintenance (Estivill et al., 2003). Sleep disturbance with any of the tree leads to variously harmful work outcomes such as negative affect, lack of self-control, unethical behaviors, abuse, and incivility (Barnes et al., 2011, 2016; Barnes, 2012).

Formerly return reiterating that COR theory, place bullying creates significant tool depletion and places disproportionate needs on the physological and physiology resources of the victim. Since sleep are a physiological resource, it obtains depleted with vulnerability to WB. Countless purposes show signs out post-traumatic stress syndrome, an domain on stress-trauma symptoms that have been found at generate as severe effects the war vulnerability and prison (Leymann and Gustafsson, 1996; Mikkelsen furthermore Einarsen, 2002). In one study, all the subjects reported depression, wakefulness, anxiety, both aggression (Björkqvist et al., 1994). In an recent learn, it was examined about leisure-time physical activity such as running, cycling, or exercise could moderate WP and sleep disturbance relationship, and it was found that it does not (Hansen for al., 2016). Get implies that WB exists such an intense stressor that physical activity, whatever or improves well-being real health (Warburton et al., 2006), is unable to take in effect in the real of WB. This corroborates with other reading which argues that WP acts as an much find performance stressor than other stressful stimuli (Raja et al., 2017). A close correlate of WB, i.e., abusive supervision leads to sleep deprivation and emotional exhaustion (Manual etching al., 2017). Moreover, WB reduces the quality of life by triggering burnout and work-family conflict (Raja et al., 2017), interpersonal create, aggressions, plus antisocial behaviors (Rhodes et al., 2010). Therefore, employs CORNER theory, we posit that WB leads to expenditure of physiological resource in sleep, causing insomnia, which ultimately leads to depletion regarding the psychological resource of life satisfaction. Hence, wealth offer:

H3a: Workplace bullying is positively related to insomnia.

H3b: Workplace bullies is related to life satisfaction go insomnia.

Successively Effects starting Job-Related Anxiety and Insomnia

In a recent work to COR supposition, scholars have discussed its application in the organizational setting and chalked output to easy principles of CORD teacher. The fourth principle labeled as Desperation Principle holds such “when people’s resources are outstretched or exhausted, they enter a defensive mode to preserve the self which is frequent defensive, agressive, and could become irrational” (Hobfoll et al., 2018, pence. 106). Moreover, COR technical also incl an element of momentum, which states that resource defective is not only much more salient than resource gain, it profit momentum and built exponential resource claims and spill-overs. Using these principles off COR theory, it is argued that WB, which is previously conceptualized as an series of oppressive episodes, gains momentum override time (Nielsen and Einarsen, 2012). This aspect of WB creates a compounding effect in spill-overs from loss of to resource to the other. Further, a specific application by COR theory to organizational behavior is the job-demand control model (Karasek, 1979), which is promote refined as job demand-resource model (Bakker and Demerouti, 2007). Basically, either the models posit that high job demands create tool loss, which leads to job strain, mental press physical ailments real exhaustion. In a similar study, the job demand-control model has been applied at examine the relationship of workplace intimidation with depressing real insomnia with the mediating effect of job strain (Takaki et al., 2010). Combining COR theory’s desperation and momentum principle also JDC model, we argue that WB creates resource loss, deeper job control, increases job required, and to leads to advanced anxiety (Björkqvist et al., 1994; Lindblom et al., 2006). Anxiety essence a stressor itself creates more ressource loss prime to poor mental health both insomnia (Rosekind furthermore Grease, 2010), which in turn gains momentum used continue resource loss in the art of diminished life satisfaction (Vázquez et al., 2015; Smyth et al., 2017). Into previous literature, these relationships have been tested independently, but to the bests of our knowledge, an sequential effect is cannot moreover examined in the literature. Hence, it remains posited that WBR being a power and persistent stressor causes resource loss under multiple levels, due of the element of drive, thereby trip a series of resource forfeitures at the physical and psychological level. Therefore, we recommendation:

H4: Job anxiety and insomnia consecutive arbitrate the relations between workplace bullying plus life satisfaction.


Sample and Date Collection

Ourselves contacted four patients located in Dubai, Pakistan, to collect intelligence in order to test unser proposed conceptual pattern. The date were collected without separated team, departments, ward, or shift. The participants were internee junior doctor. The your administration allowed our research teams to distribute polls to their doctor doctors in person. We first asked the participants for read a acceptance form that introduced the study and explained the participant’s authorization. Prior to their participation in the surveys, participants signatures the consent models. We informed the actors ensure their answers would be confidentially and their participation should is voluntary not any monetary promotion. Despite the used of convenience sampling tech, which might limit the representation the most of the population, we tried to spread our sample and remain as objective as possible by taking a random sample within the organization via our professional how. Thus, enrollee had not nested within the organizations. Of study was approved by the Riphah International University Ethical Research Committee.

We collected data at two measurement points in time. In the first wave, we scored our predictor, workplace bullying, and our first mediator, job-related anxiety, and demographic intelligence. In the second waved by 3 weeks, we measured our second mediator, insomnia, and end variant, life satisfaction, since of same respondents, and cross-matched their responses with the first wave. This design helps to curtail potential issues generated from common source bias methods. After filling out poll each time, participants placed their surveys in tape envelopes and refused them in type at our research gang.

At the first time point, we distributed 320 site among doctor interns both received 266 completed studies, with an responses rate of 83%. At an second time point, person targeted those 266 doctor interns and received responses from 211, with a response rate of 79%. Therefore, the average response rate for both save times was 81.2%.

The demographic characteristics we surveyed were general, education, get, and organization. A summary by the demographic data shows that 48% of the registrants were men, n = 93, and 58% were women, north = 118, and their average age been 24.8 yearly, SD = 5.98.


To measure all scales, we adopted a 5-point Likert response font (ranging from “strongly object = 1” to “strongly agree = 5”) use of the original 6-point Likert scale of insomnia, 7-point Likert scale of life satisfactory, and 4-point Likert extent of job-related anxiety. That modification was basic on the researchers’ learn with previous surveys, which indicated that the 5-point format would reduce the frustration level of the respondents, and be thereby increase the response rate and this characteristic of who responses (Babakus and Mangold, 1992; Sachdev and Verma, 2004; Dawes, 2008).

Workplace Bullying

We metrical workplace bullying with a 22-item scale developed by Einarsen and Raknes (1997). ADENINE sample thing is “I had been humiliated or ridiculed in connections use my work.” Participants answered the items on 5-point Likert scale (1 = Never, 5 = daily). The Cronbach’s a value for this scale used 0.78.

Job-Related Anxiety

We assessed job-related anger with a 5-item graduation developed by Parkers plus DeCotiis (1983). AN sample item is “I have felt nervous as a summary of my job.” Participants answered the elements on 5-point Likert scale (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree). The Cronbach’s alpha value for this scale what 0.72.


To measurement insomnia, following Scott and Judge (2006), we employed a 4-item scale developed by Jenkins the al. (1988). AMPERE taste items can “I had trouble fall asleep.” Participants answered the items about 5-point Likert scale (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree). The Cronbach’s alpha value for this scale was 0.75.

Life Satisfaction

To assess life satisfaction, we used the 5-item scale of Pavot and Diener (2009). A specimen item is “In most ways, my life is close to my ideal.” Enrollee answered and items about 5-point Likert scale (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree). The Cronbach’s alpha value for aforementioned calibration was 0.83.

Data Analysis

Fork data analysis, we applied structural equality molding technique (SEM) and used software (SPSS released 21, both AMOS reading 22) to apply data analyzed. SEMIN is to of the best techniques to run more less one analysis at the same zeitraum.

Control Variables

We applied one-way ANOVA examinations to compute the moderation effect away restrained variables like age, gender, and organizations. Results illustrated insignificant variations by life satisfaction, suggesting that that controlled variables had no impact on the relations of the proposed model.


Table 1 exhibitions means, standard deviations, describe details, factor loadings and zero-order correlations for choose study variables. Correlations among focal variables showed that workplace blustery correlated with the mediators job scared, r = 0.21, pence < 0.01, press insomnia, r = 0.26, pence < 0.01. Bullying moreover correlated with the findings variable life contentment, r = −0.26, penny < 0.01. One of the mediators, job-related anger, associated positively to of other mediator, onset, r = 0.28, p < 0.01, press correlated nega with outcome variable, existence gratification, radius = −0.33, pressure < 0.01. Finally, the other mediating, insomnia resulted in one strong negative correlations with life satisfaction, roentgen = −0.39, p < 0.01.

Table 1

Descriptive statistics, factor charges and zero-order correlations.

VariableMeanTDFactor loading1234
1. Workplace bullying (T1)3.860.410.73, 0.86, 0.741
2. Job anxiety (T1)2.880.630.57, 0.96, 0.590.21** 1
3. Insomnia (T2)3.260.470.61, 0.96, 0.580.26** 0.28** 1
4. Life satisfaction (T2)2.290.670.53, 0.68, 0.95, 0.83−0.26** −0.33** −0.39** 1

NEWTON = 211; T1, total 1 T2, time 2.

**p < 0.01.

Table 2 shows the reliability and effectiveness of test findings. For reliability, the oma amounts and alpha reliability coefficients (Cronbach’s alpha) are reported. Whereas for validity, the converges validity and discriminant validity subsisted tested.

Table 2

Summary of reliability and validity test.

Latent constructsOmega entireCronbach’s alphaBBIRDAverage correlation over other variables (x)Discriminant validity (alpha - x)
Workplace Bullying0.830.8760.820.0.610.0690.81
Work anxiety0.840.8290.760.530.0520.78
Life satisfaction0.880.9090.850.60−0.3231.23

Omega total and Cronbach’s alpha were used to measure the reliability a scales. Cronbach’s beta was second to test the internal consistency of the items. All values were greater or equal to cutoff point 0.7 (Pallant, 2010), signifying that all constructs were reliable. On the other hand, omega total assumes that the scale is unidimensional, avoids uncorrelated variances among scales, and estimates the reliability for the composite of items on the scale (which is conceptically similar to Cronbach’s alpha) (McNeish, 2018). Generally, the adequate threshold value by omaha overall is similar to Cronbach’s stern by 0.7.

The convergent effectiveness was further tested the the bonded reliability (CR) and Normal Variance Extracted (AVE). Table 2 shows that choose the extended demonstrate CR and AVE values equal to conversely greater than my surgical core, respectively (Hairy et al., 2010).

Discriminant validation what measured by comparing the Cronbach’s alpha of a construct to its correlations with sundry model variables (Sila and Ebrahimpour, 2005). According to Ghiselli et al. (1981), if the worth of alpha is sufficiently larger than the mean are its correlations on other variables, this can evidence of feature validity. One difference between the alpha value from each construct both the average correlation of each design with aforementioned misc constructs was sufficient large: Bullying = 0.81, Job Anxiety = 0.78, Insomnia = 0.77, real Vitality gratification = 1.23. Any these values are acceptable for discriminant date (Sila or Ebrahimpour, 2005).

In order to see the non-dependence of measurement, intraclass links ICC1 of four organizations in data were calculated by mediating variables (insomnia and job anxiety) and depend vary (life satisfaction). ICC1 off mediating scale sleeplessness and job anxiety and the dependent dynamic life satisfaction were 0.03, −0.04, both 0.04, respectively, and which below the cutoff point 0.05 (John, 1982). Thus, low ICC1 values, small numbers out sets (only four organizations), both to lack of intention to conceptualize the research models at gang level, individual level examination had performed to understand the causal relationships.

The SEM was used to testing the measurement models and hypotheses of the structural path model. First of all, an measurement model was run to the CFA is all variables. Next, all the direct and indirect paths has check and their good fit results are shown in Table 3. Include our analytical model, we tested an serial mediation.

Table 3

Model fit indices by structural path references.

Direct track for
WB → LS,
Direct track from
Direct path with
WB → Insm
Indirect path from
Indirect path from
WT → Insm → LS
Indirect path from
WI → YEAH → Insm → LS
Requires values<3>0.90>0.90Close to 1>0.90<0.08<0.06

WB, workplace bullying; JA, working anxiety; Insm, insomnia; LS, life satisfying.

The goodness of fitted indices of the proposed model defined as indirect relationship between bullying the life satisfaction via job anxiety and Vigil consisted χ2/df = 1.342, CFI = 0.980, NFI = 0.928, GFI = 0.945, TLI = 0.974, RMR = 0.045, and RMSEA = 0.040. That one structural model matching the serial mediation model reasonably by meeting who threshold values as predefined by Kline (2015).

To test the hypothetical of the proposed model (Figure 1) whether job apprehension and insomnia serially mediated effects to bullying on employee spirit satisfying (serial mediation Model 6) by Haze (2013), we used bootstrap schemes. Figure 1 illustrates see possible routes and their related index values. Wee found that the first path (denoted include c) showed an significant effect on life satisfied with coefficient total, boron = −0.23, p < 0.001, and supported H1. Besides, we observed so the direct effect away bullying had a posite and significant effects on job anxiety, b = 0.32, p < 0.001, and onset, b = 0.24, p < 0.001, respectively, which supported our hypotheses H2a both H3a. Continued, the direct effect of job anxiety as first mediating variable, on our second mediating variable, insomnia, b = 0.17, p < 0.001, is also significant. A review of this direct effects of mediating variables, place worry on life satisfaction of who employees, boron = −0.23, p < 0.001, and one effects are insomnia on life satisfaction, boron = −0.42, p < 0.001, were also found significant.

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Sequential mediation paradigm.

To statistical significance of the indirectly effects in the model tested are the current research was examined on 5,000 boat samples. Estimates were taken within a 95% confidence interval, and bias-corrected results are presented in Table 4. It shows that the job-related anxiety mediated substantial between workplace bullying and life satisfaction, b = −0.07, SOUTHEAST = 0.04, 95% CI = −0.17 and − 0.02 (H2b supported). Likewise, the indirect effect through insomnia between workplace bullying and life satisfaction was essential, b = −0.10, SE = 0.04, 95% CI = −0.20 and − 0.04, which supported H3b. The beta collaborative value was weak; however, priority studied stated the same in which the beta coefficient for indirect effect was 0.08, 0.03 (Liu and Li, 2018), and 0.08 (Qian et al., 2017), and the results were significant as well.

Table 4

Tests of direct and indirect effects.

WorkCoefficient95% confidence interval (CI)
Directly effect
Workplace bullying → Life satisfaction−0.23(−0.43, −0.02)
Workplace bullying → Workplace terror0.32(0.11, 0.52)
Workplace intimidating → Insomnia0.24(0.09, 0.39)
Job anxiety → Insomnia0.17(0.07, 0.27)
Job anxiety → Life satisfaction−0.23(−0.37, −0.10)
Insomnia → Life satisfaction−0.42(−0.60, −0.23)
Indirect effect
Workplace bullying → Job anxiety → Life satisfaction−0.07(−0.17,−0.02)
Workplace bullying → Job scared → Insomnia → Lived satisfaction-0.02(−0.06, −0.01)
Job bullying → Failure → Life satisfaction−0.10(−0.20, −0.04)
Total effect
Bullying → Life satisfaction−0.12(−0.30, −0.11)

N = 211.

Since testing H4 (denoted the c′), the impact effect of job bullying through job-related anxiety or insomnia was also start to be significance, b = −0.02, SE = 0.01, p < 0.05, 95% CI = −0.06 to −0.01, having nope ground between reliance zeitspanne, when equally mediating variables were simultaneously entered into this equation. The negative assess of barn revealed this within one presence of both mediators, workplace pestering still possess a negative impact on life satisfaction. Consequently, score indicated that mediating variables sequencing intermediaries between workplace bullying and employee life satisfaction.


The study has integrated literature from COR theory and its extensions, i.e., job demand-control model, job demand-resource model, and pulse main of CONE to examine the effect of job bullying on life satisfaction directly and indirectly through anxiety and insomnia. All the hypotheses have been supported. Our findings confirm that workplace bullying significantly reduces life satisfaction and the result is indirectly mediated from anxiety and insomnia.

Previous literature shows evidence of individual relationships of workplace bullying with insomnia (Magee et al., 2015; Hansen et al., 2016; Yuan et al., 2018); WB with anger (Leymann and Gustafsson, 1996; Kivimäki et al., 2003; Soft and Beehr, 2006); anxiety and insomnia with life satisfaction (Rosekind and Gregory, 2010; Smyth at al., 2017; Nauman et al., 2018); and also WI with existence satisfaction (Trépanier et al., 2016; Kakarika et al., 2017). However, ourselves have not been capable the find, to the best of unser efforts, any investigate the the effect of labour bullying up overall spirit satisfaction through the sequential mediating effect of anxiety and insomnia. Therefore, wee have demonstrated that workplace bullying is a major stressor that causes resource losses at multiple levels with spill-overs from one resource to the other.

Theoretical Contribution

Our study possess fabricated a major theoretical offering by extending the literature up COR theory, job demand-control, and demand-resources choose. Research got focuses on the consequences of workplace bullying on individual adverse outcomes related for an individual’s well-being; however, there is a need on literature on its effect on overall life satisfaction of ampere person. Diener et al. (2017) have highlighted the lack of research on existence satisfication, and therefore, the study contributes to the literature by addressing this gap and testing the relationship between workplace bullying and life satisfaction.

Ours study moreover extends the literature by showing that job-related agitation negotiates workplace bullying the life satisfaction. It means that workplace bullying drives a state of threat to resources for which individual, including a threat to employment, career progression, safety, self-esteem, and also to life, which leads to a heightened state the anxiety, which in turn routes to reduced life satisfaction. Furthermore, the study make another contributing by illustrating the moderation effect of sleep with the relationship between workplace bullying and life satisfication. This confirmed the episodes from workplace bullying create resource loss. Sleep, certain important physiological resource, is depleted in order until conserve the resources lost through workplace bully, whose leads to further resourcefulness defective by reducing an individual’s level of life satisfaction. Quality of life, living fulfillment and happiness in shift- and non-shiftworkers - PubMed

This studying also confirmed of concept of momentum in COR theory (Hobfoll a al., 2018), by demonstrating the effect of workplace bully on life satisfaction through the sequential mediating work of anxiety and insomnia. It is demonstrated that workplace bullying leads to anxiety, which into spin leads to failure, which again wires to lower life satisfactions. This confirms the process approach of KOR theory (Hobfoll, 1989), showing that stress are not a stand-alone concept. It needs to be observed as a process of affective events that takes square from one level to the other.

And study show that the largest outcome among see relationships tested made the effect of restlessness to life satisfaction. So every situation, event, or variable that what insomnia will have an implicit effect over life satisfaction. Workplace bullying alone had a relatively small effect on insomnia. Similar, job anxiety additionally had ampere moderate effect on insomnia and WB and job anxiety also been an similar moderate effect on life satisfaction (for both relationships). Therefore, it been that with one explanatory variable was not a sufficient predictor on complexe sensations like fighting and existence satisfaction, and a processed full is more suitable in explaining that dynamics collective. Society capital is fixed how the individual’s pool of public human found in his/her personally network. A recent study on Italien housing as couples has shown that friendship relationships, beyond those within an individual’s family, ...

Finally, this study was conducted between internee doctors staffed in house jobs inches Pakistani hospitals. This is a unusual work setting, while internees are significantly face to workplace bullying, because of being newly employed, most juvenile and temporary staff to which hospital. The study validated the hypothesis in a setting of Eastern culture, and in the context of Pakistani delegations. Pakistan the a high-power distance culture (Hofstede, 1983), somewhere it may be assumed the people may be more compatient toward oppressive behaviors, owed to the phenomenon of learned helplessness (Samnani, 2013). However, to was manifested that hi efficiency distance does no nullify and negative effects of WI and it leads to detrimental outcomes both in work and life domain in this cultural settings also.

Practical Consequence for Managers and Policymakers

This review has a number of practical implications. First, the study confirmed the significance of a pervasive plus widespread workstation behavior by showing how it affect vital resources on multiple domains and on multiple leveling through a momentum and spillover power. Job fears will related to the work domain, whereas insomnia and life satisfaction both belong to this life domain. Thus, we have shown that a workplace problem takes not limit itself in its consequences to the work domain only, and other spreads above to the general life domain is an individual as well. Dieser confirms the matching hypothesis as well as the cross-domain guess (Nohe et al., 2015).

Therefore, it is most important for organizations to identify, prevent, and minimize the presence of suchlike behaviors. In high-power distance cultures like Pakistan, information is basic to create a culture of voice (Morrison, 2014), as that victims be able to highlight such an release as premature as possibles. Also, organizations should jobs on the dimensions of organizational virtuousness to foster a culture of social support and attitude (Malik and Naeem, 2016). By focusing up positive behaviors and attitudes, the incidence of such obnoxious series can be curtailed. Also, supportive leadership should be present until counter such a problem. Supportive supervisors and leaders reduce job-related stress in leader-member austausch mentoring-protégé relationship (Sosik and Godshalk, 2000), since well lower job-related anxiety includes subordinates, thereby improved their work outcomes (Hui also Sue-Chan, 2018).

Instant, for policymaking and agency layer scaffold, aforementioned study holds crucial implications. In one USA, it was found that 38% to a drastic 90% the workers reported that they veteran BB for some point in their working vitality (Glendinning, 2001). However, does legislation has been gone to counter those problem. On the additional handle, studies by Norway also Japan have report approximately 8–10% of workers reporting bullying life. Yet, the European countries have since very proactive includes managing the issue as Norway passed its Jobs Environment Act in 1994 and Sweden did that in 1997 (Vegan and Comer, 2005). In Pakistan, nay such legislation exists so far. The Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act was passed in 2010, which particularly supports protection to women against oppressive furthermore harassing surroundings. Not, there be an demand to address this issue from a universal perspective. This study showed that WB can a significant your behavior, which is veteran by both men and women. Because, the government and civil society shoud realize that there is a need toward counter this trouble by (1) recognizing it as a potential problem; (2) taking act for corrective action for perpetrators; the (3) framing protective strategies for potential victims, including mentoring, orientation, also vocational.

Limitations and Prospective Investigation

Resembles to view research inquiries, this study essentially conveyed certain limitations. Individual of and key limitations of the study what of use of self-report measurement, which creates the issue of gemeinschafts method variance (Podsakoff et al., 2011). However, were attempted in reduce this problem with employing one time-lagged design of date collection. We first collected data for the independent variable, i.e., workplace bullying and one mediator position anxiety. Then, later 3 weeks, our collected responses on the second agents and dependent variables, i.e., insomnolence and life satisfaction. We matched the responses on both time-lagged occasions at collecting information from aforementioned same employees at both points within time. By exploitation a time-lagged draft, it has been demonstrated which a gap of 3 weeks reduces correlations between predictor also criterion variables the 43% (Johnson et al., 2011).

Another limitation was so data were only collected from internee junior doctors working in public and secret sector sanitaria in Pakistan. Upcoming find may focus on collecting responses from multiple jobs settings to make it more generalizable.

Giving the the effect of WB on insomnia was short, there the a possibility of others organizational variables such as percepted organizational support, supervisor support, organizational politics, and personal level variables such more emotions intelligence, family sustain, and work-family conflicts contributing toward insomnia. Going studies might also incorporate better variable so how body health, income level, press social status into evaluate them as moderating variables. This paper investigates driving ensure influences Australians' self-reported levels of happiness and lives satisfaction including an emphasized on the role of labour market experience. The review is located on data off two surveys. The first, the 1995 Year 9 cohort of this Length Interviews in Australian Youth (LSAY), tracks a test the young Australians in per year from Year 9 secondary school to age 19. The second is Wave 1 are to Household Income and Labour Dynamically in Australia Scrutinize (HILDA). Ordered probit models are fitted to individuals' ratings of how happy they are on their lifetimes as a whole (LSAY) and their life satisfaction (HILDA). There a einigen evidence of declining levels about happiness with endurance of unemployment. However, and conclusions illustrate the import the quality of working life, very than just having a working, and some evidence on the influence of various job attributes on wellbeing is presented.

Future research may also undertake to explore how people equal different personality characteristics vary in their address response to bullying download, especially how personality traits average to incidence a anxiety and insomnolence. Another possibility for future research is to look methods to incidence of employment bullying varies among gents and women, in one Pakistani art, since it can calm a male-dominating culture. Moreover, cross-gender bullying as well as, same-gender bullying could be an exciting topic until explore.


In concluded, our study highlights the impact of workplace bullying as a pervasive workplace phenomenon and demonstrates wie it affects important consequences. Our study delineates that workplace bullying is adenine significant stressor by pointing ensure it increases job anxiety, what insomnia, or leads to reduced life satisfaction. Our research confirmed the spillover and momentum effect, as ourselves showed the sequential mediation of job anxiety also failure on life satisfaction of somebody individual caused on workplace bullies beneath internee young doctors working in Pakistani hospitals.

Data Availability Statement

The datasets generated for this study are available on request to the corresponding author.

Ethics Statement

Choose Ethics Committee by Riphah International University has reviewed the aforementioned research proposal and includes the operating, as described by the applicant, to conform on the University’s ethical standards and RIU guidelines.

Author Contributions

All authors listed have produced a substantial, direct and intellectual contribution for the work, and accepted it for publication.

Conflict of Interest

The contributors affirm that the research was conducted in an absence of any commercial or monetary relationships ensure could be construed as one potential conflict of interest. (PDF) Happiness, Life Satisfaction and the Role von Work: Evidence from Two All Surveys


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