Posts Tagged ‘absenteeism’

Estimating the Costs of Workplace Bullying

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

This tutorial is for bullied targets who decide to fight back. Do not confront your bully. If you could have done that successfully, you would have. Waiting for months makes whatever you do ineffective. It’s not your style. That’s OK. Nor should you bother to explain to anyone who will listen (and the number of those people dwindles by the day) the emotional harm you suffer. That tale will scare people away and make you appear weak and psychologically frail. What can you do?

The best option is to spend time, while off on job-stress disability leave at home, researching the historical effect the bully has had on the organization. Below, we explain how to estimate the total costs associated with that one person or group of bullies. Make the impersonal, consultant-like, economic, bottom-line case rather than an emotional appeal.

Our approach is not idealistic, or utopic, as one commenter suggested. It is grounded in reality. Read our rationale for this approach, fully taking into account the fact that most employers would rather defend and retain the bully than the bullied target. It is an irrational decision to be sure by employers, but bullying itself is an irrational, indefensible act.

Here’s the way calculate losses attributable to the bully.



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Lexology: Let’s Talk Billions – The hidden cost of bullying

Monday, September 30th, 2013

By Christine Thomlinson
Rubin Thomlinson LLP

Excerpt from Lexology article, 9/25/13

I have had the opportunity to speak to many individuals who have been accused of (and in many cases been found to have engaged in) bullying behaviour and it’s interesting to hear why they behave the way they do. Here are some of the things that they say:

“When I push them hard, it gets results!” “They just don’t understand the kind of stress that I’m under. I don’t have time to worry about how they feel.” “If they can’t handle the pressure, they shouldn’t be in the kitchen.”

To me, these comments provide much insight into the types of organizations that are tolerating this behaviour and, in some cases, actively encouraging it by rewarding and promoting bullies up through the ranks. What these organizations fail to see are the hidden costs of this form of management style.



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UK working days lost to bullies

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

18.9 million working days lost every year because of bullies (in the UK)

Allegations against the PM have brought this issue into sharp focus. Gabrielle Fagan investigates just how prevalent it is in the British workplace. Read the article in the Halifax Evening Courier.


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