What is Workplace Bullying?
Workplace bullying is systematic aggressive communication, manipulation of work, and acts aimed at humiliating or degrading one or more individual. This creates an unhealthy power imbalance between bully and targets, result in psychological consequences for targets and co-workers, and cost enormous monetary damage to an organization’s bottom line.
An abundance of research and anecdotal evidence indicates bullying is highly prevalent. This invites serious damaging consequences for targets, witnesses and the organization itself.
Research from around the world, from the last 25 years, indicates between 25% and 75% of working adults reported workplace bullying (depending on industry and country). The latest mainstream research in the U.S., conducted by CareerBuilder.com, found that 35% of American workers experience workplace abuse.
Targets of workplace bullying experience distress, humiliation, anger, anxiety, discouragement, hopelessness, depression, burnout, reduced quality and quantity of work, lower levels of job satisfaction, increased absenteeism and turnover and in some cases even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some have even committed suicide.
For the organization, all of this adds up to loss to the bottom line, communication breakdown, absenteeism, turnover, costs for workers compensation and litigation, and an inability to meet organizational goals.
This website provides general information, as well as information specifically for targets of bullying and for managers and human resources.
The goal of this site is to help anyone and everyone, whether you are a target, manager, human resources professional, bystander or decision-maker, to end bullying.