Workplace Bullying Institute: As many as 1/3 of all workers are victims of workplace bullying

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The national conversation around bullying doesn't end at the schoolyard. Adults are victims of bullying in the workplace, too. They are the targets of personal insults, condescending attitudes, humiliation, credit hogs and sabotage. Bullies in the workplace are not interested in cooperation or creating win-win situations; they are only interested in having control and dominating others in their space.
According to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), as much as one-third of all workers may be victims of workplace bullying and yet 72 percent of bosses believe that bullying either does not occur in their organization, has little impact, or is just part of being competitive. These same bosses also feel that any bully managers should be defended. A recent report in The New York Times found that nearly 60 percent of workplace bullies are men who tend to bully men and women equally. Female bullies, on the other hand, are more likely to bully other females. The seriousness of bullying often is overlooked or misunderstood by those in leadership or is not properly defined. A definition of workplace bullying, offered by the WBI, is "repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators. It is [1] abusive conduct that is threatening, humiliating or intimidating, or [2] work interference — sabotage — that prevents work from getting done, or [3] verbal abuse." Bullying, in general, is abusive behavior.
Work-related stress not only comes from being overloaded with the physical demands of the job but the emotional fight of maintaining one's composure in a hostile environment, especially where one's competence and integrity are questioned. Tim Field, a prominent British anti-bullying activist and author of Bully In Sight: How to predict, resist, challenge and combat workplace bullying, said, "There's only one way of dealing with stress – that's to identify the cause and then work to reduce or eliminate that cause. I believe bullying is the main, but least recognized, cause of stress in the workplace today." In his book, he supports the findings that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be the result of experiencing workplace bullying.
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By Michelle Powell CEO of Professional Manner September 22nd, 2014

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