Many people ask “How is workplace bullying different from working with difficult people, and what exactly is workplace bullying anyway?”
Workplace bullying is repeated, deliberate, disrespectful behavior by one or more people toward another for their own gratification, which in turn harms the target.
Bullying is deliberate, not accidental.
Bullying is always disrespectful with intent.
Bullying results in gratification for the bully, where the target feels severely disrespected.
Difficult people are not necessarily out to harm another; they are out to protect their own needs. Therefore, if you can reason with a difficult person in order to show good will for their needs, they may change. A bully will not change; they are out to destroy your needs.
Workplace bullying occurs in every country of the world, and 1 out of 6 people will report having being bullied in their lifetime. Statistics would be even higher if employees were more aware of what workplace bullying actually is.
Stress is the result of unmanaged exposure to workplace bullying. The fear, uncertainty, doubt and emotional devastation that result from being bullied plays out frequently in a target’s emotional, mental and physical abilities.
According to the Workplace Bullying and Trauma Institute, the top health consequences are:
As a result, the top consequences for an organization are:
So, how can workplace bullying be stopped and prevented?
We know that people want to be treated with respect. Workplace bullying demeans the individual and destroys the trust needed to do high quality work.
Workplace bullying can be stopped, but it must not rest only on the target’s shoulders to stop this behavior. Stopping workplace bullying is everyone’s responsibility. Upper management must use their authority to ensure that a respectful workplace exists.
We want to help you eliminate bullying from your workplace.
Together we can make the workplace a welcoming environment for you and your co-workers alike.
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Valerie Cade, CSP is a Workplace Bullying Expert, Speaker and Author of "Bully Free at Work: What You Can Do To Stop Workplace Bullying Now!" which has been distributed in over 100 countries worldwide. For presentations and consulting on workplace bullying prevention and respectful workplace implementation, go to http://www.BullyFreeAtWork.com
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