February 7th, 2013

Workplace bullying without consequences is not bullying

WBI introduced the British term “Workplace Bullying” to the U.S. back in 1997. We sometimes cringe when we see the bullying or bully terms tossed around glibly when people really mean to say “mean.” Bullying is so much more.

WBI defines workplace bullying as repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms:

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  1. missrose49242 says:

    Everyday i go to a job i enjoy and would like to retire from. Everyday i experience the “bully supervisor” to the point that this week i finally spoke up and his comment was “you need to calm down”. He is a micro manager, hovers over me, walks around my work station constantly, criticizes my every decision, constantly tells me i am wrong, refuses to call me by my name, calls me “hey”, singles me out for nasty looks an stares, and i have been told he did this to another woman for years and now that she is gone i am her replacement! Almost everyday i am in such high anxiety i am in tears. I have spoken to plant manager. She said she would talk to him. A week later i got called to his office and he proceded to tell me “i been this way all my life an i am not about to change now”. He told a coworker “the only reason you women exist is because we let you”. I have to go back on blood pressure meds again an my anxiety meds are increased. I dont want to quit at 56 so every day it is a chore to force myself to go to work unless i know he is on vacation. Then i have a stress free work week. Are there lawyers to help me in michigan?

  2. Firemed258 says:

    Always fun when one of the people who bully you is the director of HR. I don’t know how they put people in charge of “humans” when they obviously aren’t good with people.

  3. DisgustedOMG says:

    I agree with Firemed258. It’s wrong that HR is the bully. I am being bullied by both the CEO and HR at my employment. The bullying I receive consists of lies, supposed constructive criticism and more lies. The state that I live in does not have anti-bullying employment laws. This morning I went through the list of jobs that I have held in the past 45 years and there were only three that did not involve bullies. I wish I could have remained at those three jobs but all three closed.

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  5. I experience workplace bullying every week.
    This behavior shouldn’t exist at work.
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