BULLYING AND THE WORKPLACE

by Deborah Knox on November 23, 2011

BULLYING AND THE WORKPLACE

What is bullying and why are we hearing so much about it?  A local reporter found my blog on Bullying in the Workplace on Craigslist as a result of covering bullying among teens, and cyber-bullying, but this one was new to her. When I said bullying effects over 28 million Americans according to the Workplace Bullying Institute, she realized this was indeed an important topic. You can see the video Angelique prepared and the brave individual who was willing to speak up!

You may be asking yourself?

  • Have I ever been bullied?
  • What is bullying?
  • How do individuals deal with a bullying situation?
  • What works and What doesn’t?
  • What do you wish had been in place?
  • Does your workplace have a policy?

I will answer these questions and more in the next few blogs.  I realize now how pervasive bullying is and why it’s important for us to be able to talk about it.  We all have wounds from the workplace that need healing.

And now, I express gratitude for you all; my clients, my colleagues and my biggest fans. It’s a pleasure sharing and being with you all. Happy Thanksgiving.

 

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Maxwell Pinto November 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Targets, victims and witnesses of bullying have a few avenues to pursue when subject to obvious acts of aggression and subtler actions such as spreading malicious rumors or gossip, excluding or isolating someone socially, undermining or impeding a person’s work or opinions, unjustified exclusion from certain projects, removing areas of responsibility without cause, and intruding upon a person’s privacy by pestering, stalking, or spying. Others include being rude or belligerent, destroying property, assaulting an individual, or setting impossible deadlines, workplace aggression—incivility, including rudeness and discourteous verbal and nonverbal behavior, repeatedly reminding employees of mistakes, spreading gossip and lies, ignoring or excluding workers from certain projects, without due cause, and insulting a person’s habits, attitudes, or private life—had worse effects on performance than sexual harassment.
In the United States, although bullying is recognized as detrimental to occupational health, there is little political or corporate interest in stopping it. A small proportion of bullied individuals actually admitted that they had been bullied. Workplace bullying has more severe consequences, including higher employee turnover, than sexual harassment, although sexual harassment itself can be interpreted as a form of bullying (i.e., a combination of disrespect and an abuse of power). Targets, victims and witnesses can identify and stand up to the bully, report the abuse to their HR department or their union or take legal action. Training sessions can help when combined with a confidential reporting structure, although it is difficult to alter the basic nature of some individuals.

An employee who suffers any physical or psychiatric injury as a result of workplace bullying could bring a claim of negligence and/or a personal injury claim against both the employer and the abusive employee as joint respondents in the claim. If the law does not persuade employers to deal with workplace bullying, the economic reality will persuade them over the next few years.

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Deborah June 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Thanks for sharing your information Max. My goal is to gather resources and areas of expertise around the topic of bullying. Sounds like you have a lot to offer! Thanks for sharing. And keep up the good work.

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Penelope April 30, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Bullying can cause mental misbehavior and may affect one’s personality and confidence. This will cause trauma in a long term basis so it’s important that we all aware how to stop bullying for can ruin one’s life. People who suffer from his act of abuse shouldn’t be afraid to speak and fight for their rights.

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