Bullying is not restricted to children or young adults with more adults saying they have been the victim of workplace bullying whether it is by a manger or a co-worker.
The advancements in technology make it easier to gain access to social networks wherever we are. The increasing use of social media has brought cyber bullying into the spotlight. This method of bullying is not restricted to teenagers and has found its way into the workplace.
What is cyber bullying
It can include
- Offensive e-mail
- E-mail threats
- Spreading Lies And Malicious Gossip
- Cyber Bullying Harassment
- Sharing A Person’s Private Data Online
When you think of cyberbullying you would think the internet, email, Facebook, Twitter but would you have considered the business professional networking website LinkedIn? This example is not bullying of work colleagues but of those who you would have considered to professionals and how LinkedIn can be used negatively. This LinkedIn Poll raised both positive and negative responses to a posted question. However there were others who sent nasty private messages to the individual who posted the poll.
Cyberbullying is a global issue. According to a survey carried out by academics from the University of Sheffield and Nottingham University found that one fifth of those who took part in the survey had been the victim of cyberbullying. With 1 in 10 Australians having experienced some form of cyberbullying.
You may not notice it at first but these are some signs that you are being bullied.
- Regularly taking credit for other peoples work. At first you may think it is just a lazy manager or colleague who doesn’t want to get caught out in front of their seniors
- Disrespecting and individual in front of others. Disputes should be dealt with in private and not publically.
- Harassment. This can be in the form of sexual, racial.
- Increasing an individual’s workload or giving them unrealistic deadlines. This can be seen to deliberately set an individual up to fail.
Different types of bullying
This refers to an employer’s exerting their authority over their employers knowing no one will stand up to them.
This form of bullying occurs when a person normally considered to be in a position of authority is being bullied. Such as a teacher, nurse.
The workplace has a persistent culture of bullying that employee’s start to turn on each other.
Groups of bullies will work together to accomplish a specific goal. This can be with each member telling their ‘targets’ a different story to create a rift. This type of bullying can involve victimisation and scapegoating.
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