When I think about bullying, I immediately associate it with school but bullying is not just common at school these days. It has also made its way into the workplace environments causing insecurity, physical and mental health issues among its victims. Bullying could be a constant criticism, withholding resources to get a job done or mistreating an outcast. Bullying was addressed in this article. It’s an act of one person intimidating another person through enforcing abusive language and aggressive behaviour which is not only limited to work environments. People who are subjected to such behavioural acts belong to different race, gender, cultures and beliefs. Victims experience stress-related health problems risking in anxiety, panic attacks, sleep problems or depression (Petitpas-Taylor, 2009). Prolonged exposure of stress in workplace negatively contributes to major health concerns related to cardiovascular, neurological and immune system health (Petitpas-Taylor, 2009). Victims of such acts often decide to quit their jobs and end up trading the stress of bullying for the stress of being unemployed (Petitpas-Taylor, 2009). Unlike victims, bystanders have a choice. Most bystanders believe that the bully’s behavior is despicable, but they do not intervene for the sake of their own safety and self-preservation. What surprises me is how bullying affects our economy indirectly. In 2001 the International Labour Organization commissioned survey which estimated the costs to society of bullying; sexual harassment and physical violence at work were between 1% and 3.5% of GDP (Petitpas-Taylor, 2009). Workplace bullying causes serious occupational health and safety issue with far-reaching social and economic consequences. According to Statistics Canada, “more women employees report higher levels of work stress than men—28% of women had high-strain and 17% had low-strain jobs, compared with 20% and 24%, respectively, for men” (Cited in Petitpas-Taylor, 2009, p.1)....
Bibliography: Petitpas-Taylor, G. (2009). Naming workplace bullying: Women workers speak out. Canadian Women’s
Health Network, 11.2, 20-22
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