Bullying in the workplace is as serious as bullying in school yards. Perhaps you may think that the consequences are a little lighter. However, the truth is that bullying can happen to the young ones as much as to adults. Workplace is another target for bullies who make it a point to turn a victim’s work experience into a horrible nightmare.
The bullying in the workplace is considered to be a menace in the society worldwide and it is a silent epidemic in our century.
Bullying statistics show that in Germany, there are over 1.2 million people who already experienced this type of workplace harassment. Meanwhile, Netherlands show that 1 out of every 4 persons have experienced this kind of “mobbing.” Other countries have seen this growing menace affecting thousands of people like in Austria, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, UK and USA.
The figures show that bullying is as rampant in the workplace as it is within school premises. In recent years, we have heard some news and may even have seen some incidents of bullying right at the place where we work.
Forms of bullying in the workplace may be:
- Verbal abuse
- Shouting/swearing at an employee
- Practical Jokes
- Circulation of degrading rumors
- Employee being singled out for criticism.
- Setting unrealistic targets
- Downplays the efforts and work of an employee
- Use of embarrassing actions or language that humiliate or embarrass an employee
The bullying in the workplace may have some damaging results. The catastrophic effects regrettably do not end when the victim leaves his work. To some extent, it adversely affects marriage and family.
Some of the effects that one could experience beyond workplace bullying are:
- Digestive problems
- High blood pressure
- Nervous Break Down
- Low Productivity
- Lack of Self-Esteem
- Panic Attacks
- PTD (Post Traumatic Disorder)
- Trouble with working and personal relationships
From War Zones to a Peaceful Workplace
We cannot deny the fact that the job is as important to us as the foods served on our table. Hence, we should do everything within our means to stop the bullying in the workplace.
- Resolve Conflicts Immediately. Most of the time, bullying in the workplace starts when conflicts remain unresolved. Give attention to misunderstandings immediately. Keep your cool and always remain professional all the time. Always keep your line of communication open. Good communication is always a good weapon against stress and negative behaviors. Try to sort out things when you found out that someone has something against you. Always carry with you a friendly manner that will help you melt an icy workplace atmosphere.
- Set reasonable standards. A reasonable standard for yourself should be set at all times. Avoid displaying an overconfident behavior. If a workmate teases you, do not do the same. Make it a habit to treat everyone with respect. Make sure that you accomplish your work in a timely manner. Keep on performing high-quality work. Be trustworthy and reliable at all times. When workmates say some negative remarks, do not be overly sensitive.
- Seek support. Bring the bullying incident to people who can help. Most companies have anti-bullying policies where the management encourages all their employees to report any instances of workplace harassment to the upper management, usually in HR. Some harassment or bullying in the workplace though resorted into cases filed in courts. If you deem it is appropriate to seek help from a lawyer, you can do so.
Workplace may be a war zone when harassment, mobbing and bullying in the workplace are considered to be common. But there are still ways for you to make your workplace a safe haven.
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