Most would think that bullies are left in playgrounds and schools, however, many instances in the corporate world proved that it happens to adults too. Workplace bullying can happen anywhere and it can be experienced by anyone. It doesn’t chose the type industry or whether the company is a multinational firm or small enterprise. However, victims of workplace bullies are typically subordinates or staff members. The bullies are usually the bosses, although there are times in which the negative or abusive behavior comes from a co-worker and even a client or customer.
Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik, a North Dakota State University professor who authored a book about adult bullying stated 97 percent of nurse managers experienced workplace bullying. Retail industry workers are also not exempt from the abusive behavior in which 60 percent experience being bullied at work. Meanwhile, 53 percent of business school students also experienced being victim of workplace bullies. Research conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute indicated that 27 percent of American were exposed to workplace bullying.
The numbers are alarming. Unfortunately, addressing workplace bullying is never easy. What’s critical is that the organization should promote a positive working culture with zero tolerance for abusive behaviors at work. It also entails the creation, communication and implementation of policies that will cover workplace bullying.
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