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by Ashley Foster, Program Associate - March 30, 2018
Workplace culture impacts all aspects of an organization. Many workplaces have dictatorial
and disjointed cultures. This threatens long-term stability and can provide a space
where bullying can and often thrives.
According to Mental Health America, research shows that many people experience workplace
bullying. Approximately two out of every five people have been bullied at work. Almost
half of those targeted at work suffer stress related health problems. The bullying
can be verbal, psychological, physical, or online. It can also include blacklisting
from future employment opportunities. These high-stress situations can have serious
effects on an individual’s physical health, mental health, and relationships. What’s
more, fear of retaliation or even job loss prevents many people from reporting abusive
behavior at work. Even when the behavior is reported, employers often mishandle responses or justify
bullying as a “leadership style.”
In his book, From Bully to Bull's Eye, Andrew Faas dsecribes three types of workplace cultures: dictatorial, disjointed,
Whether you are a target or an observer, workplace bullying has toxic effects. If
bullying of any sort is occurring in your workplace, there are steps you can take
to address it.
As employers, you can get so distracted by the bigger picture that we lose sight
of the day-to-day work environment, but a healthy work environment can make a world
of difference for your business. Below are some steps for employers to make the workplace
healthier or stronger.
Reference: Mental Health America