What Is Conflict Bullying In the Workplace (Part 1)?

Posted By on October 5th

Workplace Bullying Television Report

What is conflict bullying in the workplace, and is it happening where you work?

In 2010, a survey sponsored by the Workplace Bullying Institute found that 50% of U.S. workers have experienced or witnessed bullying. In 2011, a poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 51% of organizations reported incidents of workplace bullying.

So, what does all this mean?

  • First, employees who feel like they are being bullied at work may be visiting doctors and even taking medication for anxiety or depression. These visits and prescriptions increase employers’ health care costs.
  • Second, employees who voluntarily quit their place of employment as a result of workplace bullying may be entitled to unemployment compensation which, if awarded, increases employers’ unemployment tax payments.
  • Third, harassment based on a protected class could be motivating the bully which would be illegal and needs to be immediately corrected.
  • Finally, an employee who feels like his employer is not responding can be a leader in low morale and high turnover.

Do you have questions about bullying in the workplace? Would you like to talk about it? Call me toll free at (877) 687-1392 or locally at (239) 210-7516. Your initial consultation is free!

About the author

Keith Grossman helps individuals and businesses negotiate and manage conflict more comfortably. Keith is a Collaborative Attorney, a Family and Circuit Civil mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Florida, an Arbitrator qualified by the Florida Supreme Court, and an educator. Keith frequently lectures and facilitates training programs, works with individuals one-on-one, and writes articles on conflict management and negotiation topics. His e-workbooks, “What Is A Peace Chest?” and “How Do You Build A Peace Chest?“ are now available on Kindle.


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