The Psychological and Physical Effects of Bullying in the Workplace

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Workplace Bullying This case study will focus on the psychological and physical effects of being bullied in the workplace both in person and through social media outlets. Until recently, I feel like workplace bullying has been seen as playful teasing. But people are now realizing that bullying is bullying and it is unacceptable regardless of one’s age or occupational position. This bullying ruins people’s lives and tears their confidence down. People are driven to quit their jobs or even go as far as committing suicide because of this harassment. Workers’ health is not the only thing affected by workplace bullying. Companies suffer because their employees are preoccupied with other worries and this causes them to be less productive. …show more content…

The longer we delay, the more workers who don’t deserve denigrating abuse suffer” (Namie). People need to recognize the magnitude of this problem. It is not something that a victim can just ignore and get over. It is not ok for an employer to tell a victim to stop being so sensitive and to build tougher skin. People have to know that this is wrong and that it is a crime.

Social Media’s role in workplace bullying. Cyber-bullying is a relatively new issue in the workplace. When people think of cyber-bullying, they have the image of teenagers terrorizing their peers. However, cyber-bullying has now become an issue with adults in the workplace. Being bullied by coworkers can now continue outside of the workplace with the popularity of social media. Social media can even be used to fuel workplace bullying. This continual social isolation in and out of the workplace can cause high levels of distress (A Rise). There was a study done by Dr. Christine Sprigg, Dr. Carolyn Axtell and Sam Farley of the University of Sheffield and Dr. Iain Coyne of Nottingham University that asked workers about their experiences with cyber-bullying in the workplace. It was reported that out of the “320 people who responded to the survey, around eight out of ten had experienced [cyber-bullying] on at least one occasion in the previous six months. The results also showed 14 to 20 percent experienced them on at least a weekly basis – a similar rate to conventional bullying”

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