The Problem with Office Bullies

25-30% of employees are bullied at their at some point in their career. The experiences cause:

  • Increased employee illness
  • Increases in use of sick days
  • Increased medical costs
  • Lower productivity

Workplace BullyWhat is workplace bullying? According to Jeanna Brynerg of LiveScience:

“screaming, cursing, spreading vicious rumors, destroying the target’s property or work product, excessive criticism, and sometimes hitting, slapping, and shoving.” Subtle behaviors, such as silent treatment, disregard of requests and exclusion from meetings, count as bullying too.

How to stop it:

  1. Help workers understand that it is a serious problem
  2. Intervention at the start of the bullying

Study: Office Bullies Create Workplace ‘Warzone’. [LiveScience – Jeanna Bryner] 

Other resources:

Workplace Bullying: What Can You Do?. [Monster – John Rossheim]
Workplace Bullying Institute.
Workplace Bullying. [Wikipedia]

 Statistics and Facts About Workplace Bullying:

  • One in three American workers says he or she has been a victim of some type of verbal assault at their jobs. (Source: Compas, a public opinion and customer research company, November 2004) 
  •  Twenty-two percent of those surveyed about workplace bullying had seen company property damaged or thrown. Another 7 percent had been attacked physically at work. (Source: Compas, a public opinion and customer research company, November 2004)
  • What workplace bullying evidence Americans have seen in the workplace
         33 percent:  Yelling and verbal abuse
         22 percent:  Equipment damaged as a result of rage
         7 percent:  Physical violence.
        (Sources: Workplace Bullying & Trauma Institute and Compas)
  • Top 5 tactics of a workplace bully
    • 71 percent: Falsely accuses someone of errors not actually made.
    • 68 percent: Stares, glares and is nonverbally intimidating. Clearly shows hostility.
    • 64  percent: Discounts the person’s thoughts or feelings in meetings in front of others.
    • 64 percent: Uses the silent treatment to ice out and separate from others.
    • 61 percent: Exhibits presumably uncontrollable mood swings
    • (Sources: Workplace Bullying & Trauma Institute and Compas)
  • Top 5 health-related symptoms of being bullied
    • 76 percent: Anxiety, stress, excessive worry
    • 71 percent: Loss of concentration
    • 71 percent: Disrupted sleep
    • 60 percent: Feeling edgy, irritable, easily startled and some paranoia
    • 55 percent: stress headaches
    • (Sources: Workplace Bullying & Trauma Institute and Integra Realty Resources)

Career Hacker * * Post: Bill Inman


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