Presenting, “Appalling Mental & Physical Health Impact of Bullying – by Jenny Holt, Freelance Health Writer.”
First let me explain – I created this Bullying at the Workplace Post in July of 2012. Jenny Holt, Freelance Health Writer, was doing a search and found it. She reached out to see if I would post her article on my blog and I responded with an “ABSOLUTELY!”
Cyber Bullying within the Work Place
We would like to believe that bullying is something that only happens up until the end of high school, but unfortunately, the statistics disagree according to a survey by VitalSmarts, 96% of respondents out of a sample size of 2,283 reported having been bullied in the workplace at some point in time.
Workplace bullying culture
Bullying in the workplace oftentimes isn’t something that’s outlined in anyone’s job description, but unfortunately, a number of work environments tend to be naturally conducive to aggression and taunting.
In certain industries, particularly those where academic decoration trumps skill-based achievement, employees report that bullying is more or less a way of life. Once in a position that makes them virtually untouchable, supervisors and senior executives may have a habit of “pulling rank” in the hierarchy beneath them.
With so many employees consistently reporting that bullying runs rampant in their sector, one may wonder why such behavior is permitted so easily. Opinions on how why bullying culture permeates the corporate world so deeply may vary, though if the statistics tell us anything, it’s that this is situation is far from a passing phase.
Accountability and Cyber Bullying
In the age of social media and effortless anonymity, workplace bullies now have yet another layer of disconnection to avoid accountability with. According to VitalMarket’s report, only 4% of workplace bullying incidents involve physical contact, but 52% of the incidents involved intimidation and 62% involved the threat of reputation sabotage.
With the ability to instantly send private social media messages, along with near-unrestricted insight into employees’ personal lives, cyber bullying in the workplace has unprecedented potential to do immense damage to morale and productivity.
Individuals who already feel comfortable enough to bully employees in the flesh will only grow more vicious when allowed to fully shed their inhibitions as an online voice. Thanks to the speed and vastness of the Internet, the individual impact of each hurtful word registers as less than the smallest raindrop in the biggest bucket.
Most employers are obligated to act in their employees’ best interest, but in certain circumstances, the employer themselves may be one of the workplace antagonists. In a workplace where bullies are more likely to be rewarded than reprimanded for their behavior, the best recourse is for employees to look out for one another and be proactive in reporting extreme harassment.
Further Reading And Sources
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