There’s a saying that bullies in the workplace are the same bullies one would have encountered at school, only much older. In today’s competitive job market and working environment, more and more employees have become victims of work place bullies. A nationwide survey sponsored by the Workplace Bullying Institute indicated that 27 percent of workplace respondents said that they were bullied at work, while another 21 percent reported to having witnessed a co-worker being abused or bullied in the workplace.
Needless to say, workplace bullying is painful for employees who became a victim of a work place bully. Being subjected to humiliating situations and abusive bully behaviors are also detrimental to a person’s mental health. In worst cases, it can even lead to suicide.
Addressing the issue of workplace bullying is not an easy task. However, it is imperative for companies to learn how to deal with bullying and avoid such instances from happening in their organizations. Turning a blind eye to such negative behaviors and not imposing policies covering bullying or having programs on anti-bullying, will eventually affect the company’s bottomline, productivity and employee retention.
What’s critical is for the organization’s leaders to accept accountability and have ownership over the issue, in order to combat workplace bullying.
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