Employees Report Bullying Increase In Corporate Jobs

April 28, 2014  |  


Bullying isn’t just a major issues for teenagers navigating the perils of high school. No, bullying and bystander prevention is an issue for adults in the workplace, though it may not get quite as much attention. Not only do college campuses present workshops but human resources of companies see it fit to train employees on this sort of harassment. The Global And Mail is reporting on a new study that finds bullying traveled from the playground to the office water cooler in a greater number of instances than you may have thought.

“About 40 per cent of Canadians report having been bullied at work, putting them at higher risk of depression, post-traumatic stress and heart disease,” the newspaper says.

The study was conducted by Jacqueline Power, the associate professor of management at the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business. In the study conducted by Dr. Power, 37.5 percent out of 224 participants reported being victims of bullying over a period of six months. The study also revealed, strangely, that the characteristics between workplace bullies and victims were similar. The personality traits were defined as: psychopathic tendencies, narcissism, Machiavellianism and aggression.

Although companies make bullies do sensitivity training, Dr. Power noted they have proven to be ineffective since bullies do not know their actions are wrong. Although this is deemed as discouraging, she did note companies are taking the initiative to make their work environments friendlier. Whereas, 10 years ago it would not have been a major focus for human resources executives.

According Psych Central, psychologist Sophie Henshaw reports, bullies have an agenda. She notes victims should keep record of incidents. Dr. Henshaw believes, victims are bullied because their presence triggers threats to bullies.

“Thereafter, the bully will take up a campaign against you.You must document all evidence as early as possible,” the site says. “Keep a diary and record every instance of bullying behavior. Keep emails that signal a trail of bullying. Record bullying conversations discreetly on your phone and collect evidence from witnesses.”

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