Workplace bullying is on the rise in the United States. Many employees are fighting back against bullies in the workplace and taking action. Employees who are mistreated by verbal abuse, offensive conduct and behaviors that are threatening, humiliating or intimidating and that interfere with your job that prevents work from getting done are forms of bullying. While Workplace bullying can come from another employee or corporate management this paper tells you the different strategies needed to take a stance and stand up to the bully. Victims of bullies can experience significant physical and mental health problems. Also, having a workplace bully can be very costly to the organization. Since there is not a law against Workplace Bullying in the United States awareness needs to be made and each corporation/organization needs to have a policy on workplace bullying and/or violence and provide annual training.
Workplace bullying, like childhood bullying, is the tendency of individuals or groups to use persistent aggressive or unreasonable behavior against a co-worker or subordinate. Workplace bullying can include such tactics as verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse, and humiliation. Aggression of this type is particularly difficult because, unlike the typical forms of school bullying, workplace bullies often operate within the established rules and policies of their organization and their society. Workplace bullying can also be defined as “repeated, health harming abusive conduct committed by bosses and co-workers or repeated mistreatment: sabotage by others that prevented work from getting done, verbal abuse, threatening conduct, intimidation, and humiliation.”
Unwarranted or invalid criticism, blame without factual justification, being treated differently than the rest of your work group, being sworn at, exclusion or social isolation, being shouted at or humiliated, excessive monitoring or micro-managing are a few examples of bullying. Workplace bullying is a bit different from Corporate/Institutional Bullying. Corporate/Institutional bullying occurs when bullying is entrenched in an organization and becomes accepted as part of the workplace culture. Corporate bulling can manifest itself in different ways such as; they may try placing expectations that are unreasonable on employees, where failure to meet those expectations causes life to be unpleasant with anyone who objects. Any employee who is suffering from stress is dismissed and called ‘weak’ all while ignoring or denying potential work-related stress. Also, corporate could be encouraging employees to fabricate complaints about colleagues with promises of promotion or threat of discipline.
Workplace bullying can affect employees by causing significant physical and mental health problems such as, Financial problems due to the employee being absent from work. Employees could have reduced self-esteem; they are constantly getting talked down upon and told they are not good enough when they have never been told that before, their confidence could dwindle. High stress or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sleep and digestive disturbances. Phobias, musculoskeletal problems, increased depression and self-blame are a few other mental and physical problems.
Some typical warning signs you may be feeling outside of work to show you might be being bullied at work are; throwing up the night before you start a work week. Your family is frustrated and demands you stop obsessing over work at home. Doctor is concerned about your extra high blood pressure and recent health problems. You fear of telling your spouse or partner that you feel ashamed of being controlled by another person at work. You use all of your paid time off as ‘mental health breaks’ from the strain and unhappiness. Activities you used to enjoy and family fun time are no longer appealing or enjoyable....
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