You would like to think that you left bullies behind after you graduated from high school, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. Some people never grow out of the bullying attitude, and they may take their behaviors to work. You and other employees in Florida may suffer if a bullying co-worker is creating a hostile or unsafe work environment.
Workplace bullying is more prevalent than you might think. According to a recent report by the Workforce Bullying Institute, 19 percent of employees polled said they had experienced bullying at work. Some bullies get physical, but most of the time, adult bullying at work involves verbal or psychological abuse. If you are being bullied at work, you might experience the following scenarios:
- Your co-workers could gossip or spread untrue rumors about you.
- Your boss might take his or her frustration out on those in the office by yelling, belittling or making passive-aggressive remarks.
- Co-workers might sabotage your work to make you look bad.
- Those you work with might deliberately tell jokes or make comments they know are offensive to you.
- The bullying could escalate to the point where you feel physically threatened.
Often, the bully at work is someone with seniority or authority, such as a manager or a co-worker who has been on the job for years and thinks he or she knows more than others. Workplace bullying might differ from other types of harassment or discrimination, in that the behavior might not immediately threaten your position, since bullies need someone to pick on to feel better about themselves. However, bullying can cause chronic stress, anxiety and depression. These factors certainly contribute toward a hostile environment.
Fortunately, you may have legal recourse if you are being bullied or harassed at work, especially if the behavior affects your job performance or leads to worries about losing your job or position.