Workplace bullying is becoming prevalent in many organizations. The abusive behavior is displayed not only by bully bosses, but employees can also experience it from co-workers.
A study conducted by Office Team indicated that 35 percent of the 600 employees and HR professionals they surveyed had a bully in the workplace. Those that experienced being bullied at work would sometimes get confused on how to handle the situation.
Some victims would opt to confront the workplace bully. However there are a few who chose to remain silent and learn to cope with the situation. Unfortunately, being exposed to a negative working environment raises the stress levels of bullied employees. The abusive working conditions can also push an employee to leave the organization. The Office Team survey showed that 13 percent chose to quit their jobs because of workplace bullying.
So, how can an employee deal with workplace bullying? Having an open discussion with the bully is one option. Sometimes, the bullies are not aware that their negative behaviors made a huge impact on other people. A key item also is for business owners to foster a positive culture at work and have zero tolerance for workplace bullying and harassment.
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