Are you a victim of workplace bullying? Here's what to do.
Namie says confronting the boss is “rarely effective and ill-advised.” In early 2012, WBI asked 1,598 individuals who were personally familiar with workplace bullying what strategies they adopted to get their bullying to stop, and whether those actions were effective. Here’s what they said (excerpted):
- About 38% of bullied employees essentially did nothing. In other words, he or she let time pass, hoping matters would improve on their own. Effectiveness of doing nothing: 3.25%
“Employers are responsible for all work conditions and the assignment of workers to supervisors..."
- About 70% of employees directly confronted the perpetrator. Effectiveness of confronting: 3.57%
- About 34% of bullied workers tried to find an attorney to file a lawsuit. Effectiveness of finding an attorney: 11.2%
“Employers are responsible for all work conditions and the assignment of workers to supervisors,” Namie says. “So, employers can stop workplace bullying if they wanted to.
No laws yet compel action or policies, so all employer actions would be voluntary.” About 68% of executives think workplace bullying is a serious problem—but few organizations (5.5%) are doing anything about it.