August 30th, 2012
Mansfield News Journal: Legislation would help bring an end to workplace bullying
By Kory Johnson, Mansfield (OH) News Journal, Aug. 25, 2012
Workplace bullying should not be tolerated and should be eliminated immediately. Workplace bullying is described as repetitive, severe harassment or intimidation geared toward a worker, either covertly or overtly.
The Workplace Bullying Institute estimates that 71.5 million Americans are affected by workplace bullying, either by witnessing it or a target of it. Moreover, 72 percent of bullies in the workplace are supervisors and 55 percent of those being bullied are workers. In addition, 77 percent of workers leave their jobs because of being bullied.
I, myself, was a victim and a witness of workplace bullying. I can assure you, it was not a pleasant experience. Workplace bullying is a combination of psychological and physical warfare. This includes name calling, intimidation, false reporting of low work performance, threats to end employment, etc. And it is normally perpetrated by immediate supervisors or by supervisors in conjunction with co-workers (mob bullying).
What is interesting, often supervisors who bully are found to have several personality disorders ranging from narcissistic personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder. I refer to them as (what psychologists Belinda Board and Katrina Fritzon refer to them as) successful psychopaths.
Unfortunately, workers (in most instances) don’t report being bullied because they are afraid of losing their jobs. Therefore, this vicious cycle of bullying is perpetuated. Gary Namie, a social psychologist and founder of Workplace Bullying Institute, and other persons concerned are working hard to get a bill passed called the “Healthy Workplace Bill.” I hope that it passes. This will alleviate this unjust and demonic practice of bullying in the workplace.
Besides, supervisors who bully, in my opinion, are nothing but arrogant cowards using their authority to abuse others. People have the right to be treated as human beings, period.
But I must say, my immediate supervisor has been great to me and my co-workers. In fact, she is fair, assertive, honest and considerate. And that’s how it should be.
If you are a victim of workplace bullying, contact the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or get a lawyer. Do not put up with bullying for one second.
Tags: Healthy Workplace Bill
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