The Costs of Workplace Bullying and How to Address it

The Costs of Workplace Bullying (Image Source: Shutterstock)

What is Workplace Bullying and Abuse?

More and more, many adults are experiencing workplace bullying and reporting it to their HR departments. According to Workplace Mental Health, workplace bullying involves multiple, repeated, intentional acts of aggression, hostility, social isolation, or disrespect.

Workplace Bullying ︱ ReachOut.com Australia

Constant Criticism

Constructive criticism is healthy. Everyone needs to be told what they’re doing well and what they can improve. But constant, unwarranted, and aggressive criticism can be demeaning and harmful, making it hard to feel comfortable at work and to do your job without constant fear of being ridiculed.

Inappropriate Behavior

Inappropriate behavior can be anything from making sexual comments to a colleague, deliberately touching, leaning, or cornering a coworker, asking personal questions about a coworker’s life, commenting on one’s appearance, asking questions about someone’s sexuality, gender identity, etc. This behavior can come from a fellow employee or even your boss or someone who ranks higher.

Aggressive Criticism Can Be Demeaning and Harmful. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Threats

Making verbal or physical threats to make someone uncomfortable or coerce them to do something they don’t want to do for the benefit of the company or an employee is inappropriate behavior.

Gossip and Rumors

Bullying can also come in the form of spreading rumors about a colleague’s personal life. This can create a hostile work environment and make it difficult for someone to work in peace and be productive.

How Does Workplace Bullying Affect You?

Workplace bullying is not only harmful to employees’ mental health but can cause high stress and be detrimental to a company’s reputation and morale. Working already comes with many difficulties and stressors, but our workplace interactions play a huge factor in how we feel physically and emotionally, leading to many employees taking time off or quitting altogether.

The Impact of Bullying in The Workplace ︱ WKYC Channel 3

Ways to Make the Workplace Better

Not only is it important for employees to share their experiences, but it’s also essential for employers to stand up for their employers, provide a safe place to share struggles, and give actionable steps to create a better working environment.

Employers should also be developing guidelines about acceptable behavior (Image Source: Shutterstock)

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