Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying refers to an aggressive behavior against a co-worker that is usually repetitive. Victims of workplace bullying often suffer from pain and humiliation as a result of psychological, physical, or verbal abuse. Bullies should be reported to the human resources department.

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Why do short people get bullied?

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People who appear different are often bullied. Short people are picked upon because they might be seen as an easy target. The bullies are afraid to bully someone their own size.
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Should bullies be prosecuted?

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The term "bullies" is pretty broad, and doesn't indicate the type of behavior. Those who call you names or vehemently disagree with you could be considered bullies, but as yet we haven't legislated against free speech. Sixth graders who pushes fifth graders and takes their lunch money could be considered bullies, but we tend to consider childish behavior to be more immature than illegal. If someone deliberately does harm to someone else, he/she should be prosecuted; but the problem is, our courts and jails are already full and we spend so much of the taxpayer money on welfare programs that we do not have the resources to actually deal with real criminals. If you want to be a little more specific about who you consider to be bullies, perhaps a more detailed answer would be available.
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How can power can become an issue when communicating sensitive or difficult information to others?

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sometimes a person in power over others will not be viewed favorably by their inferiors. this is not always the case, but the person receiving the unfortunate, sensitive, or difficult news may not feel the sensitivity in the other person's voice. it's not normally an issue, but sometimes people views those in a position of power as people that would not understand where they are at and what they are going through
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What can you do about bullying at work?

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Keep a written record of what happened, what was said, who was there and who witnessed the incident. For every occasion. Get support from colleagues, if possible. Get support from Union representatives, if possible. Get outside support, if possible, legal, medical, etc. Take all your evidence to your supervisor. If nothing happens, or if the supervisor is part of the bullying, then go higher. If nothing happens then keep going higher. Management, police, local media for publicity, lawyers etc. A: If you are bullied by coworkers you can go to your Supervisor or if that doesn't work form a complaint against this company and their employees to Labor Relations. However, no matter which way you turn you are going to come out the loser. If you win your case, they will still make life miserable for you at work and the only hope you have is a "pay out". The best thing to do is start looking for another job (you can take sick time) and start hitting the cement looking for work. Once you have a job, be sure to give your former employer 2 weeks notice and meanwhile contact Labor Relations and form your complaint. No one should allow any bullying and any other employees that sit by and watches this action is just as much at fault. There are laws! A: Sorry, I disagree. Many employers can deal effectively with an employee whose workplace conduct is inappropriate. And, many will terminate the offending employee if the conduct doesn't stop. Contact the HR department, your supervisor and the EEOC. A: I agree with the last answerer. I have been "chased" out of 3 jobs for abuse and have tried all avenues for help without success. My experiences are very much what the Bullying website (see the link below) showed as steps. I am a target "type" (very good at my job, intelligent, scrupulously honest and professional) and even though I wrote to HR, contacted supervisors for help and relocation within the company, the results were that the situation became even worse for my efforts and I had to leave for my own sanity. Even so, it takes months each time to get your self esteem together and to move on, and financially you cannot recover. Each time, the offending employees were considered more valuable than me and nothing ever visibly changed in their lives. All continued on and I was one of a string of employees in the same position who tried to overcome the situation. So while there is the letter of the law, it doesn't really work in real life. A: I'm with the two answers above. But also what you can do is JOIN A UNION. Then start documenting evidence of the bullying that you experience in a personal diary, name times, dates, people who were witnesses( reluctant ones or not) and how it made you feel. You will have to take a grievance out against them and for that You will NEED evidence. A: This depends on the circumstances of your employment and personality of the management. If they will take a report of bullying or not is a question you can answer better than any of us, you know your management, we don't. If they will take it seriously, then report it. The sad reality is in my country at least, management don't take this seriously unless you Union (as recommended by a reply above) or Lawyer up on them (make sure to tell your doctor how depressed you are because of the bulling at work, it's all good evidence. But you need to report it to management before calling in the lawyers, to give them a fair chance to deal with it. Tape record the incident, and also write down a transcript from the tape as in some jurisdictions you cannot tape a person without their knowledge for court evidence, your lawyer can help you with this, and if there is a jury involved you can't undo playing of a tape or hold your ignorance against you. Keep a diary of all incidents from now on. Supposing you don't want to use the Union or (better) management then lawyers (if the management don't deal with it properly that's constructive dismissal). You can do one of two things: As recommended above, find another Job. In theory, you could stitch up the bully so they lost their job. This is illegal in most places so if they were looking at obscene pornography under their login on their machine before sending it to you while they were in the toilet, that would be illegal if you got caught. A: Ignore them if it has only happened a few times but if it continues ask them to stop if not go to the boss and get a co-worker to come with you.
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What are the contributions of hawthorne studies towards organisational behaviour?

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an increase in worker productivity produced by the psychological stimulus of being singled out and made to feel important. Individual behaviors may be altered by the study itself, rather than the effects the study is researching was demonstrated in a research project (1927 - 1932) of the Hawthorne plant of the Western Electric Company in Cicero, Illinois. This series of research, first led by Harvard Business School professor Elton Mayo along with associates F. J. Roethlisberger and William J. Dickson started out by examining the physical and environmental influences of the workplace (e.g. brightness of lights, humidity) and later, moved into the psychological aspects (e.g. breaks, group pressure, working hours, managerial leadership). The ideas that this team developed about the social dynamics of groups in the work setting had lasting influence - the collection of data, labor-management relations, and informal interaction among factory employees. The major finding of the study was that almost regardless of the experimental manipulation employed, the production of the workers seemed to improve. One reasonable conclusion is that the workers were pleased to receive attention from the researchers who expressed an interest in them. The study was only expected to last one year, but because the researchers were set back each time they tried to relate the manipulated physical conditions to the worker's efficiency, the project extended out to five years.
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What is the definition of a bully?

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A bully is someone who had something happen in their life and they pick on other people to make themselves feel better. A coward who makes himself or herself feel big by picking on vulnerable victims and he still usually need help to do it. Most bullies have been bullied or feel insecure. Girls usually bully with words and guys with actions. Bullies can become bullies for any number of reasons. A Bully is someone who sets out on making life unpleasant or abusive to another person. There may or may not be any reason for this kind of behaviour. It can happen because one person feels they can control another. A bully can make fun of another person. A bully can be abusive or violent towards another person. A bully can tell lies about another person. Doing all these things and other unpleasant things can make someone a bully. A coward who makes himself or herself feel big by picking on vulnerable victims and he still usually need help to do it. Most bullies have been bullied or feel insecure. girls usually bully with words and guys with actions. You can also get in lots of trouble from bullying.
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How often does bullying cause death?

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In some cases the bullying gets to be so bad that they just either go into extreme depression or they decide to kill themselves. In some parts of the world bullying is an extremely common occurrence. Depending on what area you live in (and i don't want to know) but sometimes kids don't know how to tell you about bullying so they just try to ignore it. Then it happens again and again and they get stressed and never think it will end. So they turn to suicide as an answer that can take away the pain and worrying and suffering. So to answer your question bullying can cause death maybe everyday or week. Just because it isn't in you area doesn't mean it isn't happening.
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How is sexual harassment committed in the workplace?

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From comments, jokes, cartoons, making suggestive faces or hand movements to actual touching, rubbing against, grabbing, kissing etc.
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What is the methods to control workplace bullying?

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Methods to control workplace bullying: Be sure Management is not encouraging bullying tactics which they often believe is 'fear factor' to keep the employees in line. If Management is against bullying of any type then you can plan from there. If there are one or more employees who have been bullied and there is absenteeism; they complain or eventually quit their job then make a note of it. Documentation from reliable sources (other employee complaining about bullying) this will clarify with certainty that there is bullying going on. When all your facts are together and you can trust someone in Management that will take bullying seriously then try to go as a group as it is more difficult to dismiss as untrue. If you prefer to confront the bully then let them know that their behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated and if they do not stop a group complaint will go to Management. However, it is better to bring the group complaint to Management and let them deal with it. Some companies will offer psychological counseling for the bully while other companies may demote or even dismiss them. If you are the one that has a higher position and one or more employees complain they have been bullied then ask by whom. You want to be sure these allegations are true and should keep a sharp look around and see who is overly assertive and the way they apply that assertiveness to other employees; behavior is unpredictable or who fails to take responsibility for their own actions. Yelling at an employee or demeaning them in any way is unacceptable. A memo by Management should be sent out to all Superiors and employees what is considered bullying and that it will not be tolerated in that company and if the rules are not followed this could lead to a person's dismissal from the company no matter what position they hold. Bullying happens because it is allowed. It takes courage for one person to speak up and try to find out if other employees are being bullied, but generally most employees are well aware of who is being bullied. By not addressing bullying in the workplace it can cause one or more employees to miss days of work; feel depressed; cornered because they need their job, but fear being bullied and are afraid they will get fired. This is extremely unproductive for any company and needs to be addressed immediately.
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What does 'bully pulpit' mean?

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This phrase, used by Theodore Roosevelt, refers to the office of presidency. A pulpit is a place to preach from and "bully" is an older adjective meaning excellent. Therefore a bully pulpit is a great place to make speeches from . Roosevelt appreciated the fact that people listened to him when he spoke as the President.
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What aspects of motivation might workplace bullying reduce and are there likely to be effects for an employee's self efficiency and if so what might those effects be?

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One or more employees who are bullied or threats of being fired has no place in a company. Supervisors should be on top of bullying and give one warning to the bully and if the bully does not shape up then the Supervisor needs to go to Management regarding the bully and fire them out the door. By not handling bullies in the workplace this can cause a division of employees meaning that some employees will side with the bully for fear of being picked on or losing their job while other employees will simply take more time off work from the every day stress of bullying and their work suffers. A smart company would never allow such bullying because the employee or employees being bullied would not produce good work; take too much sick leave off or perhaps find other work and the company will not get their monies worth and will suffer a large turn-over of employees which is bad PR.
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How can work place bullying affect a person?

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It can really affect a person. When people in office daily discuss you home activities, are involved in hacking and ransacking, then you tend to lose respect for the bunch of people. In my case when I was new, very regular and punctual for the first six months (did not take a single leave apart from the sick leaves). I found my folders of database deleted. my files missing, being part of gossips by my immediate seniors. There were two sided people, I was made to write view-point, it was appreciated by the people who do proof reading. Then the same people told my PM that its not up-to the mark while they told me that its one of the best they have ever seen and PM is indifferent to create differences. I did changes for 79 times in one view point, where I was told that it will be published by eow, but the Friday never came. Meeting are called to tell me I am at risk and I should leave the city asap, but when I have police protection, they tell my leave because performance is not upto the mark. I deactivate 2567 news and deals, show them to my lead, next they reappear, (telling me that you have not done it properly when the last time it was showing deactivated successfully). People saw it happening. Suddenly 2 plants with 0 capacity in 10000 plants are blamed on me, when I checked properly, now when I ask for it they say it had been corrected. I am told that key field completeness is not done , when its reflecting 85% from 62% on galaxy. My view points are never published and people ask me for parties when they will be published this friday, while these people show me their view points on galaxy (each word and entire phrases are copy pasted) This is work place bullying, allegations which cannot be proved.
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Is bullying against the law?

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yes bullying is abuse and all abuse is illegal. Not all police don't like to deal with minors when bullying is involved, they fob you off with they just children, but they do and by law they should do think of it this way, if two adults get into a fight in town or at home, that's braking the law and the police will come out and arrest who ever is doing the abusing. if a person is just harass or verbally abused its still abuse and its also against the law. any of the of the following, mental physical/sexual abuse/emotional or financially its abuse the the abuser can get arrested. If you are being bullied you must report it straight away you must not shout back in rebellion or fight back, as this will give you more grounds for the police to deal with it Police do not like to arrest minor under 10 but can do if severe enough cases. if the police do not take action see a solicitor they can also take action on your behalf with the police for not dealing with it and also with the schools and the housing to the parents of the bullies, The police are trying to tighten up on anti social behavior this includes bullying 1 of the 6 children was 5 oldest being 8 who assaulted my child after they harassing my child trashed the garden carrying on verbally all and trashing our garden all issues are police matters but they did advice if my child provoke them in anyway it makes it harder to know who started it and take action how ever when in a public place and a bully starts you can shout bullies name e.g. Fred why are you bullying me just leave me alone this can get peoples attention either to intervenes or at least gone forward for a statement if police need this also take not of time and who is about etc to help the police enquires but at no circumstances do you rebel or you don't have much of a case the other thing is you can always call the police whilst your phone is out of sight allowing the police to here were you are and who is bullying you they can track your call but whilst the police are on the call they can hear and record it all hope this help also if your unhappy with school there is always the choice of home education i am home educating my child and we love it for more information yahoo groups home education UK and education everywhere Home education is legal and you don't have to be qualified to home educate OVER 100,000+ home educate in the UK alone, we meet up regular and lots of home ed groups like education otherwise yahoo groups like he-UK and education everywhere are fantastic way of getting help and support, in home education. PS you can report a crime months after the events the police may just warn them off and log it but every report even verbal or following you etc is logged and that helps build a case for you they can even take the parents to court or evict them if the parents don't deal with the re child who is bullying also any child stood watching a bullying taking place is conspiring to commit that same crime. Here in Montana there is not and never has been any law prohibiting bullying. I believe we are the last state in the US without laws making bullying a crime. Other types of abuse are criminal here, just not bullying.
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What is cyber bullying and cyber stalking?

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Cyber bullying is a form of bullying that you bully someone over the internet. There have been many accidents of people committing suicides because of bullying any form of bullying is not cool so do not do it.
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Bully-proof what does this mean?

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Making a child or a person bully-proof means that they are unable to be bullied. They have learned how to deal with bullies, either by ignoring them, or facing up and exposing them, or by seeking assistance.
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Can you be terminated from your employer if you have a workmens comp claim?

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No, but there is a Statute of Limitations as to how long you can go on WCB and when it becomes a Disibility. Go to your Labor Relations Board about this. If you have a WCB claim then you must have hurt yourself on the job obviously. WCB has all rights to any reports from your doctor related to the accident and it's always wise every month to get your doctor to write the company a note or letter explaining why you aren't back at work. ALWAYS leave a paper trail regarding your injuries to the company you work with. If WCB is still paying you then NO company legally can let you go without trying to work with you, WCB and your doctor and try to at least place you in a job in that company that you can physically handle, but, if it doesn't look like you are able to come back to work then you need to deal with Disibility Pension. Please go onto www.google.com and go onto Workmen's Compensation Board and you'll find all sorts of information there. Good luck Marcy I was told by a WCB Judge that even if the employer did fire you because you were injured, it would be a very hard case to prove.
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Why does someone say it depends when asked a favor?

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People say "It depends" when they don't know what the favour is. If they say yes, and then you say "Pay off my car loan," they probably will regret saying yes.
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How were women in the workforce discriminated?

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There is often a "glass ceiling" in the workforce that stops women from gaining the same jobs and or salary as male employees. They are consistently paid less (particularly women of color), are passed over for promotions, and face daily soft sexism.
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Is bullying a crime?

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yes it is in most cases
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What aspects of motivation might workplace bullying reduce?

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Quite simply, workplace bullying will dampen your motivation to even get out of bed and get yourself to work. Depending on what specific type of bullying it is, you also may not feel like: speaking up, sharing ideas, and basically attracting attention the quantity of work you do could be affected (if the type of bullying is the "go buy me something- or else" type) the quality of your work may be lowered. When you are bullied, your self esteem takes a big blow- you feel miserable, and un-selfmotivated.
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What are unreasonable work demands in workplace bullying?

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Unreasonable work demands in the workplace classed as bullying: When Management or a Supervisor state regular threats of dismissal without cause. Anyone in Management or Supervisor including any other employee publicly humiliating an employee; calling them useless; unfit for their position, etc., in front of other Management members or employees. The work the victim does is given credit to someone else. This also includes stealing someone else's work and taking credit for it. Management or Supervisors that have their 'favorites' and leave out one or more other employees who are good at their job and the 'favorites' get the promotions; bonus' and raises. Denying an employee of training opportunities in the company. When Supervisors work close to Management and lie about the character of a certain employee or employees. The employee is not aware of it or, in some cases is informed, but they are not given the chance to defend themselves. Good Management would look into the complaint further, but some companies either do not care; they want these types of bullying tactics or they feel they are too busy to get involved. Character Assassination is cruel because the employee it is aimed at cannot defend themselves and Management is taking the word of one or more people in higher positions. It is called a 'smear campaign.' Anyone in the company that creates malicious rumors regarding one or more employees when it is not the truth. Management and Supervisors may create social ostracism against an employee. In other words ignore the employee; breaking the link of communication and dividing that employee from getting any important information they may need to do their job well and are snubbed and ostracized. Sexual harassment. This also includes women in positions sexually harassing a male employee (it does happen) or a male sexually harassing a female and often can threaten dismissal if the employee does not cooperate.
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I suspect my 8-year-old son is being bullied at school but everytime I ask him about it he won't open up. My usual cheerful son is now very silent and usually sad and no longer interested in school?

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Sometimes there might have been sexual abuse, perhaps at school, but maybe from a neighbor or a family member. Something might have happened that he blames himself for. He may have done something foolish with a friend, like drugs, sex or shoplifting that he is ashamed happened. He may be thinking he is gay, and is still dealing with the realisation. You can say positive and loving things to him, saying no matter what, he will always be your son.
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Why is there inside and outside school bullying?

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Because some people with no self control lash out at others to compensate for their own problems and don't care about where they do it. If you see it here, report it and it will be dealt with.
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How do you confront a bully in workplace?

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Firstly you have to consider what is bullying on your coworkers part. If your coworker has more authority than you or is your Supervisor then they may come down hard on you if you are not doing your job correctly and that is not bullying. If the coworker is verbally abusive by calling you names or embarrassing you in front of other coworkers this is a bullying tactic and abuse and you should report this behavior to your Manager. If the Manager does nothing about it then report it to the people under the protection act of employees.