|Posted by Gwen Williams on November 27, 2005 at 5:35 AM|
Highly skilled employees are often the targets of bullying. Bullies are often those who are insecure, lack work skills, education and social skills. Bullies feel threatened so they "take-out" their targets with slander campaigns and activities to make their target unsuccessful. Bullies often focus on exposing the target's minute flaws or inventing errors in the target's work with the intent to ruin the target’s reputation.
Victims of workplace bullying suffer a wide range of stress related problems. The effects can be long term and tragic. When targets complain, they are often perceived as "the problem". Victims of bullying are often forced to leave their jobs because they succumb to the stress or are fired (often a case is fabricated to have them fired). The nasty stuff often labeled or dismissed as "personality conflicts" or "politics" is bullying.
Bullying has many faces.
It occurs in many places and situations.
It is often not recognized as bullying
It hides behind supposed “acts of kindness” or "just joking".
It pretends to be helpful or concerned.
It uses “good” deeds to cover evil intentions.
It is a terrible menacing action.
It is an impassioned, collective campaign.
It is the act of cowards.
That excludes, punishes, and humiliates its target.
It travels through the workplace like a virus.
It infects one person after another.
Until the victim is viewed as a terrible person,
With no redeeming qualities.
Other Examples of Bullying: Spreading malicious rumours or gossip that is not true; Excluding someone socially; Deliberately trying to intimidate a person thru threats or yelling and using profanity; Undermining or deliberately impeding a person's work; Removing areas of responsibly without cause; Constantly changing work guidelines; Withholding necessary information or purposefully giving the wrong information; Making offensive jokes by spoken word or e-mail; Intruding on a person's privacy by pestering, spying or stalking; Assigning unreasonable duties, workload or establishing impossible deadlines (ensuring the individual will fail); Under work - creating a feeling of uselessness; Criticising a person persistently or constantly; Belittling a person's opinions; Blocking applications for training, leave or promotion; Tampering with a person's personal belongings or work equipment….
Every thought, word and deed sends out ripples altering life for everyone…We can transform ourselves and our world by changing the way we communicate…” - Judah Freed
Let’s Stop Bullying from Happening. Understand and recognize bullying for what it is.