Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Workplace is a Battlefield

It's clear that many childhood bullies never matured. They continue their pattern of destructive behavior as they enter the workforce, to the detriment of everyone around them. Right now, in the United States, at least one-third of the able-bodied adult population has been bullied at their place of employment. When this happens, it typically results in job loss. That's because the perpetrator makes life so unpleasant that the target is forced to resign, or worse. She may even be fired as a result of a hate campaign directed against her by a disordered individual.

Strict laws against this type behavior exist in Europe. So far, though, in the United States, all attempts to pass similar legislation have not met with success. This is very unfortunate, because targets suffer so much that they can develop stress-related health problems, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder following such abuse.

As females rise in the corporate hierarchy, they assume positions of power. Women have also joined men in the ranks of workplace abusers. About 40 percent of the time, a workplace bully is a woman. She tends to pick on her own disproportionately. The majority (70 percent) of workplace targets are women.

Although female bullies are so clever, they will still work around any nationwide anti-bullying bill, such legislation would at least give the targets more recourse than they currently have.

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