Workplace Bullying... The Bullies have Grown Up and the New Playground is the Workplace
Recent news events regarding college hazing got me to thinking about the similarities between these events and workplace bullying. While the topic might be more popular in school systems to protect children from suffering at the hands of schoolyard bullies, there is also a need for greater awareness of the effects of bullies when they grow up and operate in the workplace.
Even though the circumstances may differ from the school playground where bullies typically get their start, workplace bullying can be another type of hazing which can produce similar negative effects on individuals and productivity within the organization or business. Employees at all levels in an organization can experience bullying on a daily basis; from bosses to co-workers.
Accepted and Overlooked
Workplace bullying can often be accepted and overlooked as a form of poor management style. More often, however, it occurs between co-workers in subtle but malicious forms of gossiping, back-stabbing, rumor-spreading, deviousness and work sabotage. As a result, it contributes to absenteeism, high turnover, litigation and major expenses when it is unchallenged.