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Stop, block and tell

If you are targeted by a workplace bully:

  • STOP!
    Don’t do anything. Take time to calm down.
  • Block!
    Limit all communications and seek help from HR (see below).
  • Tell!
    Tell your HR (Human Resources) department, if you feel comfortable doing so, otherwise share with your family or other supportive group.
    If no HR department, contact your supervisor. If the bully is your supervisor, appeal to the next level.
    Bottom line, you don’t have to face this alone.

Workplace Bullying is one of the 4 bullying types.


Workplace bullying is a persistent pattern of mistreatment from others in the workplace that causes either physical or emotional harm. It can include such tactics as verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse and humiliation. Personally, I like the WBI’s version (below) better than this version.

“Workplace Bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct that is: threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, or work-interference, i.e. sabotage, which prevents work from getting done,” from Workplace Bullying Institute.

Learn more.

Report Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying violates the policies of most workplaces. You have certain human rights which are designed to protect the employee against harm in the workplace environment.

  • Review the company policy against harassment in the workplace. Also contact the HR department. Describe to HR all content that is not appropriate.
  • Visit this section to Learn more about Workplace Bullying & get more information.

Don’t forget, your HR department will need the email headers for the offending mail(s), if email was used. They may also ask for your records, so please keep a log of all of the offensive matters.  If you do have an HR dept. and you visit with them, please keep track of all of these visits for your personal records.  They may come in handy if/when you need to go to next level and seek relief via other methods.

Key Findings from most recent study from WBI in 2017

• 19% of Americans are bullied, another 19% witness it
• 61% of Americans are aware of abusive conduct in the workplace
• 60.4 million Americans are affected by it
• 70% of perpetrators are men; 60% of targets are women
• Hispanics are the most frequently bullied race
• 61% of bullies are bosses, the majority (63%) operate alone
• 40% of bullied targets are believed to suffer adverse health effects
• 29% of targets remain silent about their experiences
• 71% of employer reactions are harmful to targets
• 60% of coworker reactions are harmful to targets
• To stop it, 65% of targets lose their original jobs
• 77% of Americans support enacting a new law
• 46% report worsening of work relationships, post-Trump election

“WBI research findings and conversations with thousands of targets have confirmed that targets appear to be the veteran and most skilled person in the workgroup” (quote from WBI).

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10 signs you are being bullied at your workplace and what you could do about it.
While bullying is usually perpetrated by someone in a position of power and authority, peers and even subordinates are also known to engage in bullying. A bully (read: weak soul) is actually an insecure, paranoid, control freak. Their aim is to belittle and ultimately diminish their prey through persistent hostile and unnecessarily rude behaviour. Can you spot such a type at work? Here are 10 signs that you’re being bullied at the office:

Gary and Ruth Namie, Excerpts from The Bully-Free Workplace (Wiley, 2011)
Essay For Work Place Bullying is divided into 6 sections, please see below.

Bullying is a systematic campaign of interpersonal destruction that jeopardizes your health, your career, the job you once loved. Bullying is a non-physical, non-homicidal form of violence. Because it is abusive it causes both emotional and stress-related physical harm.

Freedom from Bullies Week is a chance to break through the shame and silence surrounding bullying. It is a week to be daring and bold.

The power of workplace bullying is its ability to stay hidden in plain view. Make every workplace safe and take a stand against workplace bullying!

The World Health Organization (WHO) introduces a healthy workplace model.
A comprehensive way of thinking and acting that addresses:
work-related physical and psychosocial risks;
promotion and support of healthy behaviours;
broader social and environmental determinants.

At the workplace, as in any social setting, a certain amount of teasing occurs naturally (and sometimes, its not teasing but workplace harassment). But when it becomes insistent and repetitive, causing severe stress to the target, it crosses over to the line of bullying.

Unlike the United States, many industrialized countries have addressed the problem workplace bullying, some starting as early as the 1990s. When, (if ever) will America address this huge problem?

Snarky comments, backstabbing colleagues, nagging boss or plain lack of appreciation often fly under the radar, and hence go unnoticed. Being subjected to rudeness is a major reason for dissatisfaction at work as unpleasant behaviour spreads if nothing is done about it, a study says. The research by three psychologists at Lund University in Sweden […]

What are the true costs of bullying in your area? What is bullying costing your company? Organization? Province/Region? Country? For now, let us only talk about your company, otherwise our minds will go totally askew with huge numbers.
If you are the leader of an organization and allow workplace bullying to occur, you create at least five problems.

“WBI research findings and conversations with thousands of targets have confirmed that targets appear to be the veteran and most skilled person in the workgroup” (quote from WBI).

Employers Create the Bullying-Prone Environment and Can Stop It Factor 1 “The Way We Do Things Here” Work Culture Provides Cutthroat Competition Opportunities Zero-sum competition. Employees are pitted against each other in positions or tasks that allow only one winner to emerge from deliberate battles, creating many losers. Winning is carved out of the hides […]

Stress-Related Health Impairment How Bullying Can Affect Your Brain and Body PHYSICAL HARM Stressors, aspects of the work environment and the behavior of people working there, can generate stress. Bullies are stressors, but so are coworkers who do nothing when you expect them to help. In addition, do-nothing institutional helpers — HR and senior management […]

You could be bullied at work and not recognize it …. Know the signs Experiences Outside Work You feel like throwing up the night before the start of your work week Your frustrated family demands that you to stop obsessing about work at home Your doctor asks what could be causing your skyrocketing blood pressure […]

As women at some point of our career life we have been exposed to misogyny, sexism, workplace bullying or even harassment by male superiors. Newspaper headlines have become common these days where women become victims of recriminations from their alleged sexual abusers, stating that the woman who claims to be harassed or inappropriately touched is […]

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