“Bullying consists of the least competent most aggressive employees projecting their incompetence on to the least aggressive most competent employee and winning.” – Tim Field
No matter where you have worked; in a medical institution, a fortune 500 company or a non-profit charity you have probably witnessed a co-worker picking on another co- worker.
According to the Workplace Bullying Institute website, 35% of the U.S. workforce report being bullied at work.WBI website describes bullying as 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.” While this behavior may seem strange in a professional environment, experts believe sometimes the most skilled employee is the target of bullying because they are considered a threat somehow to a person who is not fully developed. If you report this to your employer, what often happens is you are retaliated against and are considered “the troublemaker”.
While most targeted people try to "tough it out”, an employee’s health can take the greatest toll. In Illinois there have been situations in which state employees can confirm to being the recipient of office bullying, landing them into the hospital, being injured on the job or developing a stress related illness. Experts say bullying is four times more common than either sexual harassment or racial discrimination on the job. Why is this? Because office bullying is not yet illegal. According to the WBI web site no U.S. state has passed an anti-bullying law for the workplace. Over 20 states have introduced some version of an anti-bullying legislation called The Healthy Workplace Bill.
In Illinois a citizen's lobbying group called The Illinois Healthy Workplace Advocate is pushing to help pass into Illinois law a change in the civil legal code. According to the lobbying group’s facebook page, they hope to promote a similar act called "The Abusive Work Environments Act". The legislation is still pending as office bullying in Illinois continues. Many people are afraid to tell the truth about Office Bullying but being tough is not being a bully it’s having a backbone, and doing what’s right. For more information about Office Bullying log onto http://www.bullyfreeworkplace.org.
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