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Just How Dangerous Are Workplace Bullies?

Just How Dangerous Are Workplace Bullies?

Several accounts were published on The Guardian of individuals who recall specific work-related bullying that occurred to them. Here is a short excerpt from one story:

“After working happily in the same workplace for 10 years, I got a new admin who liked to micromanage me and verbally assault me whenever possible…I brought in the union which helped the situation, but the bullying didn’t stop. Year two and I was done.”

When we consider bullying, it’s often used in terms of middle and high school students, even elementary students. Bullying, however, occurs just as often in the workplace, if not more – with covert responses from administrators and other key informants, many people feel isolated in a toxic environment. Previous studies have shown that workplace bullying does have a negative effect on employee well-being; a 2017 study published in the International Journal of Work, Health, and Organization investigated 1,775 over the span of 2 years to see if there was an association between workplace bullying and job insecurity.

Researchers found that there was a major connection between the two – with prolonged exposure to bullying and continued victimization to be very influential components. Laissez-faire leadership – in other words, passive-avoidant and non-responsive leadership – was seen to really sustain and escalate scenarios regarding workplace bullying. If workplace bullying occurs what psychosocial factors could become a concern for a victim of this act?

A 2015 review published in the journal Ethics & Behavior identified several outcomes of workplace bullying on employees:

  • Lower self-esteem and professional competence
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleeping problems
  • Burnout
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Neuroticism and low emotional stability
  • Lower concentration at work
  • And more

For many, high demands and low control over issues such as workplace bullying can really cause someone to feel trapped, with no support. If you are part of the leadership team at an organization, it’s important that you guide employees to an inclusive, respectful environment, in order to reduce workplace bullying. Disclosure should be taken confidentially, and proper action should be taken in order to emphasize the seriousness surrounding this issue. Nobody should feel anxious or scared to go to work because a fellow coworker is harassing them. Provide your team with resources to seek help for mental illness, and maintain consistent updates on policies related to this. You never know when one of your team members may need you.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today about programs for mental illness and addiction. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.

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