Bullies in the Workplace

In a recent article in CareerBuilder, Debra Auerback reported about a new survey of how: “Bullies Are Overtaking the Workplace.” As astounding as it may seem, the study found that 35% of workers said that they have felt bullied at work, up from 27% last year. 17% said that they quit their jobs to escape the situation. 16% suffered health-related problems as a result. THis was a nationwide study of 3,800 workers at all levels within the company. What is to be done?
It takes courage to confront a bully or report the aggressor to human resources, but speaking up is often the only way to stop it. The impact on performance of both the individual and company are at risk if bullying is not addressed and stopped.

Three tips:
  1. Keep a record. Write down all bullying incidents.
  2. Try talking it out. Try talking to the bully and let them know how you felt to raise awareness.
  3. Focus on resolution. Center discussions around how t make the working situation better.
Without intervention or speaking up, you can expect the behavior to continue. Talk to HR, a colleague or supervisor to get guidance and support.

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Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.