Workplace Bullying: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1)

March 5, 2015

Bullying has become a hot topic in recent years. While much of the focus regarding bullying has been centered around children and schools, however, the workplace and adults can also be subject to bullying – and when they are, the consequences can be significant.

Taking a closer look at this issue, in this three-part blog series, we will reveal some of the most important facts to know about workplace bullying.

In the event, however, that you are more concerned about recovering from workplace violence or a workplace injury at the moment, don’t hesitate to contact experienced Denver Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Jennifer Bisset. She has the experience you can rely on to help you obtain the benefits you need and likely deserve after getting hurt at work.

Important Facts about Workplace Bullying

Fact 1 – Workplace bullying can occur in various ways.

Workplace bullying is a serious issue that harms more American workers and businesses than you may realize. Here are the facts about workplace bullying.

Workplace bullying is a serious issue that harms more American workers and businesses than you may realize. Here are the facts about workplace bullying.

In general, workplace bullying refers to the act of singling out a coworker for the purpose of intimidating, threatening and/or embarrassing him or her. While workplace bullying can come at the hands of a boss, colleague or even client, it may also be done by groups of people in a professional environment.

Some specific examples of how workplace bullying can occur include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Verbally abusing others at work by yelling at them, swearing at them, etc.
  • Specifically excluding a certain employee from workplace meetings, activities, etc.
  • Intentionally ignoring the work products and/or contributions of a certain employee
  • Singling out a certain employee for unreasonable or unjust criticism and/or embarrassment (such as targeting that employee for practical jokes)
  • Pushing or otherwise physically engaging with a certain employee for the purposes of intimidating or scaring him or her.

Fact 2 – Workplace bullying impacts as much as 1 in every 3 U.S. workers.

This fact about workplace bullying may be shocking, as it indicates that this issue could be far more of a problem than you may realize. The tragic fact is that about 33 percent of American employees are currently the subjects of workplace bullying. What may be just as alarming as this are the findings that:

  • More than 50 percent of U.S. workers have reportedly been the victims and/or witnesses of workplace bullying.
  • About 1 in every 5 instances of workplace bullying actually qualifies as harassment.
  • The vast majority of people doing the bullying in workplaces are men, with one study from the New York Times finding that men are the bullies in workplaces about 60 percent of the time.

To get more important info about workplace bullying, check out the additional parts of this blog series that will be published soon.

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To find out more about Attorney Jennifer Bisset can help you, contact our firm today by calling (303) 894-8900 to set up an initial consultation and learn more about your rights and best options for proceeding. You can also schedule this meeting by emailing our firm using the contact form on the right side of this page.

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