Hello Fellow followers!
Did you know that bullying not only occurs in schools and homes but also at work? – Yes work!
So how does this happen? Well according to Times Business and Money magazine authors- Bullying in the workplace continues because the leadership of the company often isn’t aware of their behavior, either because it goes unreported (many victims are too frightened or embarrassed to draw attention to their plight) or because the bullies are good at masking their behavior and/or fooling their superiors.
Many bullies are very socially skilled, and use their bullying behavior strategically to coerce others into providing them the resources needed to achieve their work-related objectives.
Facts about Bullying on the job -The workplace bullying Institute survey
- 50% of Americans have not experienced or witnessed bullying, but 35% have been bullied; 15% have witnessed bullying.
- Bosses comprise 72% of bullies.
- More men (62%) are bullies and women are the most frequent targets of bullies (58%).
- Women bullies target other women (80%).
- Up to 81% of employers are perceived as doing nothing and resisting taking action when targets of bullying fill out a survey. In the general public, only 44.8% perceive the employers as doing nothing.
- 45% of people targeted by a bully experience stress-related health problems including debilitating anxiety, panic attacks, and clinical depression (39%).
Types of bullying behaviors:
- Exhibiting condescending behavior that puts people on edge and makes them unable to function professionally
- Physical threatening others
- Intimidating others
How to stop bullying in the workplace?
- Describe the behavior you see the bully exhibiting – don’t edit or offer opinions, just describe what you see. ie (You regularly enter my cubicle, lean over my shoulder, and read my personal correspondence on my computer screen.)
- Tell the bully exactly how his/her behavior is impacting your work. (Because much of my work is confidential, these actions make me feel as if I need to hide what I am working on from you, or change a screen which is a waste of my time.)
Remember you want to be strategic when engaging the bully BUT you also want them to know that you will stand your ground if they continue to challenge you after you’ve addressed the disruptive behavior.