Why Should We Talk About Workplace Bullying?
Workplace bullying behavior is defined as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behavior which deliberately intends to dominate, cause distress and fear over a period of time, to the one who is bullied (Agarwal, 2018). The person who is bullied is scared and worried to talk about it to someone, because talking about it can 'cause trouble,' or maybe the one who was bullied is not sure that the behaviors are really bullying behaviors.
. The bullying can have a negative impact on one's work performance and detrimental effects on one's physical and mental health. One becomes more worried, more anxious and miserable about going to work.Being bullied at work erodes one's self-esteem-wearing down the person who is bullied, so much that they are less trusting of their own instincts and judgments about their performance. So this is why we need to talk about bullying in the workplace. By talking confidentially about our experiences in the workplace, and feelings about workplace bullying, we will relieve some tension and anxiety and find help to deal more positively with our jobs. If an ombudsperson or human resources person can fulfill this need, that would be great. Otherwise, we alone need to start this process of healing others who have been affected by workplace bullying, through talking, instructing and reaching out to those in need.
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