Saturday, July 27, 2013

Are you Dealing With One of These?

When we think of a bully don't we usually picture someone who is probably younger than 20 and who just pressures adults to give them their way? That is the definition I've gotten from most of the people I've spoken to. However, the truth is that that mental picture couldn't be more wrong.
According to a study done in 2006, Schat et. al., uncovered that 41 million US workers described being bullied in their workplaces. That is outrageous. When I looked back on the many companies for whom I worked I remembered being harassed for several different reasons, e.g., not having sex with a co-worker and in a few cases supervisors, being harassed because I had more education than my supervisor when I had a job in real estate, and others I won't go into here.
There is no law against generic bullying and it takes place on a daily basis. I've witnessed co-workers being harassed on many occasions. I've had friends quit jobs they loved because the harassment they received on the job nearly gave them a nervous breakdown.
The literature on this topic is scarce so I wrote my own 30 page manual. It is full of specifics and outlines procedures for both supervisors/management and victims of this horrendous behavior. It seems childhood bullies grow up to be adult bullies. This is clearly a serious matter. Bullies in the workplace need to be addressed. Read this fact-filled manual and know what to do.
Stay safe. Until next time, Jan