Why Workplace Bullying Is a Serious Issue

May 19th, 2016

We hear a lot today about bullying. It is an epidemic in our nation’s schools and it negatively affects not only the children being bullied but the bullies themselves. Bullying isn’t limited to the school yard. Disturbing studies have shown that workplace bullying exists and is a much bigger problem than anyone previously realized. Let’s take a closer look at workplace bullying and why it is a serious issue.

Intimidating Behavior

Intimidation is a serious concern when some members of your staff may feel bullied into certain actions by more dominating personalities. It is important to know the difference between intimidation and a strong personality, but if an employee raises a concern, the onus is on you to investigate. Get information from all parties involved, including people who may have observed the communication. Taking a fact-based approach will help with the analysis.

Social Isolation

Are you seeing certain members of your staff left out of all interactions? This is often coupled with the creation of “cliques” within your work environment. If someone is being specifically shunned by others in the organization, find out why and if the reason is malicious you can take action. Everyone doesn’t have to be friends with each other, but if there is something deep-rooted then you may need to investigate.

Blaming without Cause

Far too often, individuals will blame their failings on others. If they work together in a group and the project fails, finger pointing will generally follow. However, if you’re also seeing individual blame unprompted, this could be a sign of office bullying.

Verbal Abuse and Threats

When bullying escalates, it often becomes abusive. And if it is isn’t physical, it can hard to notice if you’re not paying close attention. Verbal abuse is damaging to the recipient. Worse are threats of violence that may or may not be carried out. A violent threat should be treated as an act of aggression and proper action taken.

Public Humiliation

Bullies, whether they realize it or not, are usually responding to situations in their own life that are out of control. If they feel insecure or frustrated, they will often take this out on the people around them that they perceive as weaker. Public humiliation can be the result. Allowing members of your staff to be subjected to demeaning tasks or other humiliating situations will only breed discord in your company.

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