Bullying at work is surprisingly a common occurrence. In fact, recent survey data shows that 21 percent of employees have witnessed some form of workplace bullying and 20 percent have experienced it firsthand at one time or another. Workplace bullying can have devastating effects on both employees and organizations. Those bullied risk depression, difficulty sleeping, reduced self-esteem, increased sick days and more. And the organizations that tolerate it chance their reputation, increased turnover, workplace inefficiency … even litigation.
This Blue Paper® will define workplace bullying—reviewing both what it is and what it isn’t. It will offer a more in depth look at the problems it causes for both employees and employers by overviewing statistics on who bullies and why, and examining why bullying behavior is tolerated. And finally, it will offer suggestions employees can use to address workplace bullies and employers can take to foster a healthy workplace.