Bullying – a serious workplace issue

Bullying - a serious workplace issue

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 behaviour 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.

While bullying is a form of aggression, the actions can be both obvious and subtle. Bullying may take its form in the image of the following actions and repeated incidents:

  • Spreading malicious rumours, gossip, or innuendo that is not true.
  • Social exclusion of a person or group.
  • Physically abusing or threatening abuse.
  • Removing areas of responsibilities without cause.
  • Constantly changing work guidelines.
  • Establishing impossible deadlines that will set up the individual to fail.
  • 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 is unfavorable to one person in a way that creates unnecessary pressure.
  • Under work – creating a feeling of uselessness.
  • Criticizing a person persistently.
  • Belittling a person’s opinions.
  • Undeserved punishment.
  • Blocking applications for training, leave or promotion.
  • Tampering with a person’s personal belongings or work equipment.

Bullying in a long run can cause devastating effects on the people who suffer this evil. It is a shame for the organization and creates an unhealthy environment in the workplace. Here are some of the effects bullying places on the evil trodden and the workplace itself:

  • It gives rise to negative feelings and emotions in an individual. These feelings may include shock, anxiety, anger, frustration and helplessness.
  • There is also an increased sense of vulnerability developed in the individual. He loses his courage and confidence due to which his performance in the workplace deteriorates.
  • The individual is not able to concentrate upon his work as the repeated tortures start to stumble his mind.
  • Various psychological effects are also seen like irritation, dejection, loss of appetite and insomnia.
  • All in all the morale is broken down and the individual productivity drops almost to nothing.

Not only does the individual who suffers this evil is affected, but it is the whole organization who has to pay this price. The company graph starts dropping down and there is an unhealthy environment prevailing all-around. Stress, negativity, nil morale are some of the many drawbacks the workplace has to undergo.

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  • Mishika Jain
    June 12, 2015 8:41 pm

    I do agree with this…bullying is an evil act and firms should make sure that employees do not suffer from this atvwork place..well written article

  • Sugandha Gupta
    June 12, 2015 9:55 pm

    Seriously ppl sud think hw cud some1 even think of doing all dese stupid acts.. huh.. shame on dem..

  • Vinita Jhawar
    June 12, 2015 10:09 pm

    This is true.. This is a very serious concern… And accurate steps must be taken against it. Also, its prevention should be focused on

  • Rahul Singhai
    June 13, 2015 12:25 am

    Well explained and must read article

  • Suryakant Deshpande
    June 13, 2015 6:14 am

    Good work

  • Stephy Paul
    June 13, 2015 9:40 am

    Bullying, in any aspect of life is evil. Even we bully gays,introverts and transgenders.. Even tanned skin peoples.. We should learn and teach kids to respect others..!!
    It is a major issue in workplace as it destroys team spirit, productivity etc.
    Well done!

  • Padmaa Murugesan
    June 13, 2015 11:28 am

    Its true..! Its an evil act.. Hence an organization should have to take accurate steps to be taken..!

  • Manpreet Singh
    June 13, 2015 11:52 am

    Truly agreed:)

  • Anant Poddar
    June 13, 2015 12:23 pm

    Bullying is a shame on society! Thanks for bringing this topic to light!

  • Aikankshi Gupta
    June 13, 2015 10:17 pm

    Truly agreed. keep upbringing such issues to lime light.

  • Completely agree with ur article. Well decribed!

  • Meghna Sethi
    June 14, 2015 9:15 pm

    good you brought some light on a topic of great concern. i agree with you wholly on this. nice work.

  • Megha Tomar
    June 14, 2015 9:24 pm

    Completely agree!!

  • Devika Arora
    July 14, 2015 11:31 pm

    Bullying can create psychological damage to an extent that can’t ever be empathized or sympathized by us.

  • Srishti Kumar
    July 28, 2015 6:45 pm

    Things like gossiping, or changing working conditions may not be seen as bullying by many of us, but we have a very limited knowledge of the same. Bullying can have a very lasting psychological impact which may never be cured. Thus its important to work towards removing them from organisations. Well explained and well researched.

  • Shubhangi Sethi
    September 2, 2015 8:21 pm

    Bullying is a very serious issue in any organisation , it should be given due importance and handled properly !
    very well explained !
    liked it..

  • Tathagat Sarthaka
    October 3, 2015 2:56 pm

    be brave to fight it. Leaving job doesnt always works out. Even in college we need to go through this.


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