Posts Tagged ‘employers’
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
This summer 2012, 250 visitors to the Workplace Bullying Institute website completed an Instant Poll asking what was or is their EMPLOYER’S attitude toward workplace bullying. Sadly, 88% of American employers are still sitting on their hands and not taking action to solve the problem. See the complete results below.
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
Many of the facts below have been confirmed by the 2007 WBI-Zogby Survey.
- Targets under report it (40% of targets never tell). Employers simply may not know about it.
- Most (80%) bullying is legal, rendering laws and law-compliant policies inapplicable
- Thus, 62% of employers either do nothing or worsen the situation (retaliation) because they can do so with legal impunity.
- The majority of bullies (73%) are managers; senior managers and HR reflexively side with management when disputes arise.
- Bullies derive 73% of their support from executives, peer managers and HR
- Bullies (an unknown percentage) are following orders from above
- Executives have been bullied by the bullies. They are afraid to act. They have a disproportionate fear of lawsuits brought by the bully if they dare investigate or sanction the bully.
- Bullies invented their reputation as indispensable high-performers in case they were ever exposed. Target complainants are then not believed.
- Employers don’t actually know how to stop it. They forgot the lessons learned from having to correct and prevent illegal discrimination.
- Employers don’t recognize bullying as violence in the workplace. The problem is erroneously defined as “conflict,” and the wrong solutions are applied.
- Our society is highly aggressive and competitive. Bullies embody these two popular tactics. Hostility is more normative than the exception. So, bullying/abuse/psychological violence at work is positively embraced more often than despised.