Bullying is the most petit of human behaviours, it’s why when we hear the word we connote it to playground churlishness. However and unfortunately, it isn’t always the case that this cruel practice is left in adolescence.
In fact, a study in the US showed that 35% of workers have, at some point, reported bullying in the workplace.
This is just not acceptable and, for many reading, might seem unbelievable. What you might consider ‘banter’ or ‘joking around’ can, over time, lead to serious effects like anxiety, depression, inability to work and totally knock self-esteem levels to an all-time low.
Mental health in the work place should be the highest priority. It stands to reason that happy workers are better workers and by bullying your coworkers you are not only hurting another person but actually hurting your entire team.
But that should be a secondary thought – bullying in the office really comes down to the basic of human faculties: respect.
According to the Workplace Bullying Institute: “workplace bullying consists of repeated, harmful mistreatment by one or more perpetrators who target their victims with conduct that is threatening, humiliating, abusive, isolating, and/or sabotaging.”
If this sounds like something you have experienced or witnessed be sure to head to MIND for advice on all mental health needs, including that of your coworkers.
If you’re interested in learning the causes, symptoms and how to combat workplace bullying, check out this great infographics from Quill below.