Workplace bullying can take many forms—it can be directed at specific people or related to certain work activities. Specific definitions of bullying vary, but many describe it as negative behavior targeted at an individual, or individuals, persistently over time. Workplace bullying can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Ignoring or excluding
- Assigning unachievable tasks
- Spreading malicious rumors or gossip
- Delegating meaningless or unpleasant tasks
- Making belittling remarks
- Undermining co-worker integrity
- Withholding information deliberately
- Undervaluing contributions
- Degrading others in public
Bullying can cause psychological health problems, such as depression, and physical health problems, such as sleep difficulties or stomach pains. In general, targets of bullying feel a sense of isolation. In some cases, workplace bullying can leave the victim so traumatized that they feel powerless, disoriented, confused and helpless.
If you are the victim of bullying or have witnessed it in the workplace, it’s important to speak up. Start by speaking to someone you feel comfortable with, like a manager or co-worker. It’s important to be specific and describe the behavior you experienced or witnessed.
When it comes to addressing workplace bullying, it’s important to follow the policies and procedures established by your company. Doing so can help ensure a safe and healthy workplace.
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