November 12th, 2013
KFOX-TV El Paso: Survey shows 1 in 3 adults bullied at work
By Stephanie Guadian, KFOX-TV, El Paso, Texas, Nov. 11, 2013
There have been a lot of stories in the media about bullying at schools and online. But kids are not the only victims. Miami Dolphins player, Jonathan Martin, doesn’t look like someone who would be bullied. But an attorney for the 6 foot 5, 230 pound, NFL football player says he is a victim. The alleged bullies are some of his teammates. The story made news all across the country.
Another case of alleged bullying made headlines here in the Borderland. An El Paso City Council member accused another council member of bullying. El Paso resident Joe Garcia was shocked by the accusation. “These guys are professional. I mean come on. They shouldn’t be doing stuff like that you know. You are representing the city. That’s just not right,” said Garcia. Garcia says he’s never been bullied at work.
But according to a 2010 report by the Workplace Bullying Institute — 1 out of 3 people surveyed — says they have been bullied at work. Dr. Wendy Rice is a licensed psychologist. “We adults are just grown-up kids. And we outgrow a lot of things. Hopefully, we learn to get along with a lot of people and not be mean. But clearly, plenty of people don’t,” said Dr. Rice.
Dr. Rice says examples of workplace bullying are someone taking credit for your work, belittling a person, making jokes at a co-worker’s expense or trying to make a person look incompetent. “It’s a nasty look; it’s excluding somebody or spreading rumors. There are many different kinds of bullying. And a lot of people are good at repeatedly making other people feel bad and doing so beneath the radar,” said Rice.
El Paso’s Catherine Blowe is a stay-at-home mom. But, she worked during and after college. “It surprises me with adults. I understand more with kids. And then when it’s adults you think you would grow out of it. It’s silly,” said Blowe. But it can be much more serious — potentially destroying someone’s livelihood and family. “Some people just enjoy making other people feel bad, and that’s just sad,” said Rice.
Experts say if you are being bullied — document what is happening to you. If you feel safe, tell the person it’s not OK to treat you that way. If that doesn’t work, talk to your boss or your Human Resources department. Jonathan Martin came forward. The NFL is now looking into his accusations. The team has suspended lineman, Richie Incognito, pending the outcome of an investigation.
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