What makes it especially insidious is that it often continues even after someone has left a job, with the bully continuing to make their life difficult by them a poor reference to a prospective employer,” says Shane.
Workplace bullying tactics can range from derogatory comments to public humiliation or physical abuse.
Central to the issue is the fact that management or supervisors are the most common offenders, and their bullying actions leave the recipient in a difficult employment position.
Since many bullies are operating in accordance with a company’s “standard practices,” victims often speculate that they may deserve the criticisms, or they are simply too embarrassed, reluctant or fearful to confront the harasser.
Not so, says Jeff Shane, vice president of Allison & Taylor Reference Checking.
“Bullying has become an unpleasant fact of life in too many workplace environments.
Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance.
To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.The key to doing this is to understand the dynamics of intimidation and the motivation of those who attempt to wield it.If we do, it can never inhibit our actions and control us.Have you ever worked for a manager or supervisor that has made you feel as if you were going to the principal’s office whenever you went to see him or her? Whether intentional or not, intimidation can cause employees to experience anxiety that can adversely affect their as they become afraid to go to their manager with work related issues.Sometimes, even when employees love their job and have great relationships with their co-workers, it isn't enough.
They still experience higher than necessary levels work-place stress which erodes and performance. In a situation with a supervisor or manager, there is, quite often, an imbalance of power that may be taken advantage of but shouldn't be.