It is completely shocking that in this day and age so many people suffer at the hands of workplace bullies. Even worse is that it's incredibly difficult to define someone as a bully, which makes seeking a resolution remarkably difficult. People might assume that the word 'bully' is a little strong, but you'd be surprised at some of the behaviours which are formally categorised as bullying:
- Damaging or hurting someone’s reputation or relationships, including professional.
- Leaving someone out on purpose
- Excluding from social events on a regular basis
- Spreading rumours about someone and trying to get others to join in
- Breaking confidence
- Embarrassing someone in public
- Trying to get others to avoid having contact with the victim.
- Comments on social networking sites that could be derogatory
For victims of bullying in the workplace, not only can this be an extremely distressing experience, particularly if it is prolonged and unprovoked, but it can also lead to a variety of devastating mental health problems and in extreme cases, suicide. Far more I think you'll agree, than a decline in ones performance. When I read up on this subject, I was quite frankly appalled that we have 'adults' running riot in UK workplaces behaving like primary-aged children, but sadly, this is an issue that remains very current and I see far too many articles crop up on the subject on a daily basis - too many for comfort.
One of the worst aspects of workplace bullying is the fact that actually, it is very difficult to talk about, and employees often shy away from raising it with management. It can be a very insular experience for a person.
Have you been a victim of workplace bullying?
Whether it happens in the playground or in the workplace, bullying can be enormously distressing and disturbing for anyone on the receiving end. Stories crop up in many places including allegations made during employment tribunals, political parties of all sizes and by company whistleblowers. Workplace bullying occurs when a worker is subject to mistreatment by another worker that is persistent, regular and causes harm – and it can take many forms. And through my research on the subject I have discovered there are generally five different types. These can include “overt acts” – such as threats or act