Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Workplace Bullying is a Prevalent and Serious Matter

Workplace bullying is a serious matter and unfortunately has now been deemed an epidemic in today's workplaces.  Some interesting and surprising statistics to some is that over 80% of the bullies tend to be woman, compared to just over 70% that are me; the most common target are women and the most common level of employee to be a bully is a supervisor, or manager, followed by one of your peers.

Would you know how to spot a bully in your workplace? There are many different types and some are not so easy to spot and may quietly go unnoticed for a very long time.  One of the scariest types are those that are intelligent, underhanded, manipulative and very dangerous, often have risen into top positions in the company. The main difference between bullying and harassment is that the bully's antics are very repetitive and often over a long period of time. The repercussions to this type of behavior can result in many serious affects to the targeted person such as: psychological, emotional, cause serious health problems, frequent absenteeism and in the most serious cases result in that employee committing suicide.  There are also financial affects to the organization, possibility of lawsuits, and their business reputation being ruined.

Some ideas to stop bullying?   Is to have a very detailed "no tolerance" policy and let employees know what will happen as well as who and how to report this type of behavior. In some cases the employee may just need training in the matter of proper workplace behavior and may not even realize that what they are doing is "bullying" or how it affects others around them.

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