Adult/Workplace Bullying

You can get bullied in the workplace. While we are all aware of how destructive bullying among children in the schoolyard can be, adult bullying – which can also have a detrimental and long-lasting impact on victims – is a more hidden problem. Although statistics are not yet available, it’s been estimated that 2 in 5 or 40% of Irish workers have been bullied in the workplace.

Bullying is usually seen as acts or verbal comments that could ‘mentally’ hurt or isolate a person in the workplace. Sometimes, bullying can involve negative physical contact as well. Bullying usually involves repeated incidents or a pattern of behavior that is intended to intimidate, offend, degrade or humiliate a particular person or group of people. It has also been described as the assertion of power through aggression.

 

DIFFERENT TYPES OF ADULT BULLYING:

  • You may be physically or emotionally harassed by someone in the workplace.

 

  • You may be ignored or made to feel isolated from your work mates.

 

  • Your work might be subjected to unreasonable examination.

 

  • Spreading malicious rumours, gossip, or innuendo that is not true

 

  • Your personal reputation may be damaged by gossip or rumours.

 

  • A boss or manager may be abusing a position of power that he or she has over you for example, giving you a task or work target that you can’t possibly meet.

 

  • Intimidating a person

 

  • Tampering with a person’s personal belongings or work equipment.

 

  • Removing areas of responsibilities without cause

 

  • Constantly changing work guidelines

 

  • Withholding necessary information or purposefully giving the wrong information

 

  • Making jokes that are ‘obviously offensive’ by spoken word or e-mail

 

  • Intruding on a person’s privacy by pestering, spying or stalking

 

  • Assigning unreasonable duties or workload which are unfavourable to one person (in a way that creates unnecessary pressure)

 

  • Underwork – creating a feeling of uselessness

 

  • Yelling or using profanity

 

  • Criticising a person persistently or constantly

 

  • Belittling a person’s opinions

 

  • Unwarranted (or undeserved) punishment

 

  • Blocking applications for training, leave or promotion

 

People who are the targets of bullying may experience a range of effects.

 

 

THESE REACTIONS INCLUDE:

  • Anger
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Loss of confidence
  • Shock
  • Vulnerable
  • Helplessness
  • Constantly teary and irritable
  • You may project feelings onto others and relationships may suffer as a consequence.
  • Loss of sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach pains
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Low morale and productivity.

It is important to remember that help is available.

 

Talking with an Apex practitioner may arm you with the tools you need to seek resolution. If you decide to seek legal help, a psychological report can be prepared for Court. Please contact us for more information.

Contact us on our 24 hour hotline number now: 087 6970574 or email us on: info@apexclinic.ie

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