Are You Bullied at Work? You're Not Alone
And you thought you would be done with bullying forever once you got out of school. Don't be so sure. A new study from CareerBuilder shows that more than a quarter of all employees (27 percent) report they have felt bullied in the workplace, and -- get this -- the majority never confront nor report the bully's abusive ways.
Also, the study showed that the oldest workers and the youngest workers feel like they get the worst treatment. Workers aged 55 or older (29 percent in each category) and 24 or younger also report the most incidences of bullying. Workers age 35 to 44 were the least likely to report abusive treatment at all.
Women reported higher incidences of being picked on at work than men, with one-third (34 percent) of the women surveyed saying they have felt bullied in the workplace compared to 22 percent of men.
It should come as no surprise that researchers found the most common culprit of bullying is the boss. Fourteen percent of workers felt bullied by their immediate supervisor while 11 percent felt bullied by a co-worker. Seven percent said the bully was not their boss, but someone else higher up in the organization. Believe it or not, seven percent said the bully was their customer.
At least in the adult world, bullying is not always physical. It takes on other shapes, such as:
• My comments were dismissed or not acknowledged -- 43 percent
• I was falsely accused of mistakes I didn't make -- 40 percent
• I was harshly criticized -- 38 percent
• I was forced into doing work that really wasn't my job -- 38 percent
• Different standards and policies were used for me than other workers -- 37 percent
• I was given mean looks -- 31 percent
• Others gossiped about me -- 27 percent
• My boss yelled at me in front of other co-workers -- 24 percent
• Belittling comments were made about my work during meetings -- 23 percent
• Someone else stole credit for my work -- 21 percent
"Bullying is a serious offense that can disrupt the work environment, impact morale and lower productivity," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources. "If you are feeling bullied, keep track of what was said or done and who was present. The more specifics you can provide, the stronger the case you can make for yourself when confronting the bully head on or reporting the bully to a company authority."
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Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning multi-media journalist and author of Career Comeback--Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want. Her work has been translated into 20 different languages, and she is a frequent expert guest and commentator on news and talk shows. She has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, on the CBS Early Show, NBC Today, CNBC, Fox Business News, Dr. Phil, Oprah.com and many other media outlets. Lisa discusses her AOL pieces each week and interviews vital guests on the web TV show, This Week in Careers. Learn more on LisaJohnsonMandell.com.