December 13th, 2011

Spouses give most support to bullied workers

Results from the Workplace Bullying Institute’s last instant online poll of bullied individuals (n=528 respondents) are in. Bullying isolates bullied individuals, sometimes deliberately (“icing out”, ordered exclusion), sometimes inadvertently when coworkers fear for their own on-job status and stay away from their former friends. (See the WBI extensive survey about what coworkers actually do in bullying situations.)

In the Instant Poll, we asked:
For targets of workplace bullying: who is your greatest supporter?

Respondents had to pick their major supporter, making only one choice from the following options.

Spouse/significant other, result = .318

Myself, result = .179

A coworker, result = .164

Immediate family (parent, sibling, child), result = .127

No one, result = .119

Therapist/medical professional, result = .077

Spiritual leader, result = .013

Family — partners and immediate relatives — were credited as the prime source of support by 45% of respondents.

Interesting is that a voluntary reliance upon oneself is given the second highest rating (18%). This could be a healthy reliance, an introspective journey, one characterized by strength and deliberate purpose. Of course, this counters the vast anecdotal record of targets who call WBI for help and who overestimate their power to rectify their employer-generated problem.

The “No one” gives support option (chosen by 12%) suggests that those targets are involuntarily left alone to deal with the bullying situation that resulted from the combination of efforts by several do-nothing, intervention-averse people. They may have asked for help and been denied. Hence, they were isolated.

Families are present for targets in 45% of cases; while 30% of bullied targets are left to cope alone.

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