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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  8. Betweenarocknhardplace says:

    I’ve started being bullied at work recently by not only my immediate supervisor, but also the head boss. My already through the roof high anxiety has become almost unmanageable. Now whenever I get called into the office for my twice weekly reprimand, I begin to shake uncontrollably, Sweat to the point my shirt is soaked, I get so dizzy I feel like I’m going to pass out. It started with sly little comments, to full blown your a terrible employee(which I’m not), to you really think these ppl are your friends. I’ve been denied a day off for court, bc she’s the boss and she said so. We have a no gossip policy in place, but the sups will all talk in the bosses office about who they don’t like. I worked for the same job for 9 years, so I’ve just recently stepped out into the work world again. I’ve never been told I’m a terrible worker, I’ve actually been told numerous times how great I am at my job, by my bully boss, now all the sudden I’m a horrible worker. I don’t know what happened, I truly feel they are trying to get me to quit, I can’t, I need my job, I’m a single mom. I’m sick every morning, I beg to not have to go in bc I’m scared to see what I’m going to get accused of next. I don’t talk to anyone on a personal level bc you really can’t trust co-workers. So I have a few I occasionally talk to, hi bye how was your weekend type. Other than that I keep to myself. I don’t at all get involved in the workplace drama, I avoid it at all costs! I got accused of talking crap about my job to another co-worker and another sup heard it, it never happened! I don’t know what she thought she heard, but no one was saying anything negative about work at all. So I was told if I get pulled in again well be having a different conversation. Something that’s said to me every single time I get pulled in. I didn’t say a thing about my job. I told them to bring the other person in that I was talking to, they refused. They said no, so I’m being accused of doing something that I didn’t do but my witness isn’t allowed to come be on my side? I was ganged up on for something I absolutely did not do!! I have secluded myself from everyone in my office. I will not talk to anyone or hang with anyone at lunch. I do not want any problems. I know I did nothing wrong, but the way the sups talked to me and pointed at me and firmly insisted that I did has me completely befuddled. Im alone at work. I won’t talk to anyone. That’s not a good 12 hour work day. I’m hating my job! And for no good reason at all! I did nothing wrong!

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