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Saturday, October 12th, 2013
By Shana Lebowitz, Greatist, special for USA TODAY College
Many people say the experience of being bullied has caused them to develop health issues such as anxiety and depression. Some have even left their jobs.
On the playground, she’s mean. She laughs at our lisp and calls our pigtails ugly. She gets a bunch of her friends to stand in our way when we try to climb the jungle gym.
Flash forward 20 years and, finally, we can wear whatever we want and walk confidently down the street.
That is, until 9 a.m., when we skulk past her corner office and pray she doesn’t scream at us for making a mistake on our latest project.
The bully is back.
Across the U.S., workplace bullying is on the rise. The trend has some obvious negative consequences in the form of stressed and unhappy employees. But the ramifications of workplace bullying go beyond tearful staff members hiding out in bathroom stalls.
Hostile workplaces often lead to less productive employees and therefore less successful companies. It might seem too simple, but perhaps the most effective way to increase job performance is to make sure everyone gets along.