Did You Know ALMOST 100% of Employees in America are Victims of Workplace Bullying?
Workplace bullying is REAL. You could have been a victim and not realized it. 96% is a very high percentage! You are probably reading this because you or someone you know has experienced this situation.
I know I was one of them..
A few years ago, I worked at an office and my boss yelled and criticized all her employees. She would bully an employee every day because it made her feel better. I put up with her bullying for 2.5 years and near the end of my employment, I had gained weight from being stressed and can feel my heart beating out of my chest. She is a person that won’t change, so there was no point in speaking with her.
Why didn’t I quite sooner than 2.5 years?
Because jobs were scarce and that job was my primary income to pay my mortgage.
What is YOU REASON for staying at a job where you are being bullied?
Just last week, I had experienced workplace bullying again!
I don’t ask to be bullied
My employer came in with a bad attitude. First, he asked if I cut my hair more which I told him I did. In response to that, he made a disgusted face in front of me and my patient, which was disrespectful.
Then, I was yelled at with an attitude in front of another patient because I didn’t do something fast enough. Under the circumstances, I was not able to do the procedure until after I was done with another procedure.
On my last patient, he yelled at me because I didn’t put a procedure down fast enough. It was like walking on eggshells with him. By the end of my last patient, I was so upset I started to tear up.
If someone was yelling at you all day, wouldn’t you most likely make mistakes?
I informed the office manager I was quitting today. She asked, “Why?” I replied, “Because he has been rude, mean and disrespectful to me and I won’t put up with that.”
Good for me! I gave the REAL reason why I’m quitting this time around.
The employer didn’t think he did anything wrong. He did not say one word to me when I left. He just walked by like a Jerk that he is. The office manager made up some excuse about so much has happened with the office this weekend and you don’t know what we’ve been dealing with.
It DOES NOT give people an excuse to take their anger out on other people that have nothing to do with your problems. EVERYONE has their own set of problems, but we don’t take it out on other people.
Come to find out, he has been a jerk for many, many years.
That is NOT RIGHT!
So what are signs of workplace bullying?
Here are several below:
- Verbal aggression such as yelling
- Non-verbal aggression such as banging on a desk
- Exhibiting anger
- Making excuses for acting a certain way
- Humiliating an employee publicly in front of others
- Threats of termination
- Offensive communication such as gossip and untrue rumors
- Lying to cover up the truth
- Seeking revenge when a mistake happens
- Mood swings
Any of these signs relate to what you have now?
Do you know what kind of serious health effects workplace bullying can cause?
I can tell you I have had 90% of them that I am about to list below:
- Weight gain/ fluctuations in weight
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Trouble Sleeping
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Trouble in relationships
- Digestive upsets
- Low self esteem
- Low productivity/increase in absence at work
The red ones listed were my health effects from workplace bullying! What are/were your health effects from workplace bullying? Do you have health effects you want to add to this list from workplace bullying?
So what can be done to stop workplace bullying? SPEAK UP
1. Go to the boss if an employee is the culprit
• A Problem won’t be resolved if the boss knows nothing about it.
2. Go to human resources, if the boss is the culprit
• You never know how helpful they can be if you don’t at least try
3. Stand up for the employees who are being bullied
• Bullies think they can get away with it because nobody is speaking up
4. Ask the culprit to stop
• Most likely, they know what they are doing
• There might be the slightest chance they don’t know what they are doing is wrong
5. If all else fails, quit if you financially can or look for another job before you quit
A Tip from ME to YOU..
If the bullying has persisted a long time, chances are it won’t stop. The bully may be NICE one day and MEAN another. DON’T be fooled. I was fooled MANY, MANY, MANY times.
Remember the saying, “Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, shame on you.”
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Workplace Bullying is NOT OK!
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