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Workplace Bullying & Violence

Harassment, Violence, Bullying and Mobbing

Keeping people well should always be the primary goal in the workplace. Many organizations think that harassment, violence, bullying and mobbing do not affect their workplace however, the research indicates otherwise.

Workplace harassment: engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome.

Workplace violence: an exercise of physical force or the attempt to exercise physical force by a person against a worker in a workplace that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker.

Workplace bullying is repeated, unreasonable or inappropriate behavior directed towards a worker, or group of workers, that creates a risk to health and safety.

Workplace mobbing: although sometimes mischaracterized as workplace conflict, is actually a pernicious and dangerous workplace injury. Mobbing in the workplace is a kind of mass bullying, with collusion or active participation of the management. It is a group campaign of harassment and cruelty, conscious or unconscious, designed to undermine the confidence, impugn the competence, and undercut the effectiveness of certain employees.

Bullying Stats

The Workplace Bullying Institute conducted a survey in 2007 which found these stats about workplace bullying: 

  • 37 percent of workers have been bullied: 13 percent currently and 24 percent previously.
  • 40 percent of bullied individuals never tell their employers and 62 percent of employers who are told ignore the problem, hoping that it will stop on its own, not knowing what to do or normalizing this damaging behavior.
  • 45 percent of targets suffer stress-related health problems.

 

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