PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of workplace bullying on employee silence (defensive, relational, and ineffectual silence), and to test the mediating role of psychological contract violation (PCV) in this relationship and the extent to which the mediation is moderated by workplace friendship.Design/methodology/approachData were collected from 835 full-time Indian managerial employees working in different Indian organizations.FindingsResults revealed that workplace bullying positively correlated with silence (defensive, relational, and ineffectual silence). The hypothesized moderated mediation condition was supported as results suggest that PCV mediated the bullying-silence relationship and workplace friendship moderated this mediating pathway, i.e. indirect effects of workplace bullying on employee silence via PCV were weaker for employees with high workplace friendship.Research limitations/implicationsA cross-sectional design, use of self-reported questionnaires, and gender-blind perspective to examine bullying are few limitations of this study.Practical implicationsThis is the first study examining employee silence in response to workplace bullying and one of the few attempts to examine employees’ passive coping strategies in response to workplace mistreatment. This study is also one of the rare attempts to examine bullying-outcomes relationship in the Indian context.Social implicationsA well-formulated and effectively implemented anti-bullying policy and management support may encourage employees to combat bullying by raising their voices against it.Originality/valueThis is the first study examining employee silence in response to workplace bullying. This study is also one of the rare attempts to examine bullying-outcomes relationship in the Indian context.
Personnel Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 5, 2018