As women begin to equally fill spots in the workplace, office harassment is on the rise. But the harassment isn’t coming from the men. As Business Insider reports, workplace bullying is on the rise, and the worst offenses come from woman-on-woman tension.
According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, three out of four women are bullied by female colleagues. But why are women choosing to tear each other down as they succeed rather than empower each other? Huffington Post’s Barbara Greenberg believes that women take out their insecurities dealing with their multiple roles as a wife, employee and a mother on the co-workers who they believe are better at multi-tasking.
A Forbes article reveals that office bullying is four time more common than sexual or racial discrimination. It also points out that women are taught to be critical of one another from an early age. It’s an ingrained bad habit that simply doesn’t seem to go away in adulthood. Women bullies often act indirectly. They will befriend co-workers and gain trust before spilling all the personal secrets of their “new friend” to the rest of the office, resulting in humiliation. Other times women will reach a certain level in their careers and instead of helping others achieve greatness, they choose instead to shut and lock the door behind them, making it harder for other women to succeed.
It’s a difficult situation to navigate in the professional world. But for those who have been bullied, know that there are solutions. Report any incidences of abuse to your supervisor or manager. Do not focus on your emotional trauma; instead explain how a person is affecting your productivity and work ethic. When the company’s financial gain is at risk, most likely they’ll step in to look at the situation.
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