A new article I have submitted to Examiner.com
When a person leaves school, they expect that others have matured and that bullying will no longer be an issue. But bullying does occur in the “real world” and many are unfortunate enough to find this out once they enter the workforce. For people who are targeted by a workplace bully, so much is at stake in terms of their careers and their health.
According to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), workplace bullying refers to any kind of unwelcome, malicious and health-harming conduct for the purpose of sabotaging the targeted person’s job. While similar to other forms of workplace harassment, bullying is different in that it is directed at an employee who does not fall into a protected classification under current civil rights laws. Workplace bullying is also referred to as status-blind harassment, psychological harassment and/or psychological abuse.
Actions of a workplace bully
Approximately 35% of the American workforce has reported that they have been affected by some kind of status-blind harassment in their workplace. It can take on many forms. Some of the behaviors displayed by bullies include:
- Deliberate and “physical” intimidation;
- Making impossible demands;
- Sabotaging target’s work or “forgetting” to tell target needed information;
- Ostracizing target from work or social functions;
- Singling out target in front of others;
- Falsely accusing target of wrongdoing.