The following is a letter written by a friend and fellow healthy workplace advocate in New Hampshire.
July 10, 2012 2:00 AM
To the Editor:
Workplace bullying has to stop! Though many may not be familiar with bullying tactics in the workplace, it does exist. In fact, it exists on the Seacoast and is most prevalent in the educational and nursing fields. It is happening here and now.
Types of bullying include harassment, intimidation, belittling, retaliation, yelling, screaming and lying by a co-worker, supervisor, boss or top management. The impact on the working environment include low morale, fast turnover, frequent absences, FMLA and workman compensation claims. For the employee, impacts include being forced to leave their toxic environment job, FMLA, (non-paid) and even more serious harm, resulting in PTSD, major depression and suicide.
I was bullied in my workplace, even though my yearly evaluations were stellar. I was very cooperative and went over and above what was required. As for why I was bullied at work, it was for the reasons above.
The majority of those who are bullied are those who are very competent, friendly and excel in their position. But the question remains, for what reason? I was not one of the lucky ones who was able to leave my work environment unscathed. I am now on SSDI for severe PTSD and major depression. Will I ever be able to work again? Unlikely.
My personal life has been restricted by agoraphobia (no public interaction), too easily overwhelmed by normal stimuli such as bright lights, noise, and even people chatting. I have lost the ability to concentrate. This short passage took me six days to complete. I have lost all trust in other people. I experience horrific nightmares. All this results in the necessity of psychotropic medications and seeing a therapist weekly. These are the ramifications of permitting workplace bullying.