Bullying in the Workplace

Bullying is described as a deliberate act that is repetitive and offensive, in which the target suffers embarrassment, fear, intimidation, and is repeated to the extent it interferes with job performance.

Workplace bullying can put a mental and physical strain on both the individual and the those who witness the behavior.   The collateral damage of workplace bullying can result in emotional exhaustion, burnout, depression, frustration, as well as physical symptoms, such as headaches, sleep disturbances, and gastrointestinal upsets.  Organizationally, it causes sustainability problems. Men & women handle bullying differently in the work place, but may experience the same physical & emotional issues.

Workplace bullying is a worldwide problem.  In the United States there are no laws to protect employees from this behavior.  It has been found that bullying does not stop until the target quits or transfers to another area.  The targets are not sure why they are being bullied and are usually very high performers in the organization. Bully’s feels intimated by the target and s

Bullying is a big problem in healthcare and is the kept silent, especially in nursing.  It is so prevalent that nurses will not talk about at work because of fear & retailation.

I can only imagine what is going on now with the stress of COVID-19 and a depressed work market.

Please take care of yourself.  Stand up to the bully.  Reach out to someone outside of the organization for support.

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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