As share prices plummet and banks go into administration on an almost daily basis you would be forgiven for thinking that this week’s hot topic of bullying is of less relevance to you than it was a year ago. In fact, the reverse is true. In these turbulent market conditions the problem of bullying frequently becomes much more of a problem. Organisations could be at more risk as employees experience dramatic changes in working conditions arising from an increase in fear, uncertainty, pressure and the worst economic crisis in 60 years.What is bullying? People are often surprised by how prevalent bullying at work appears to be. Current figures show that one in seven people are being bullied at work. This is probably due to a failure in adequately recognising what constitutes bullying behaviours. In essence bullying is, “offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behavior, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.” It is important to note that the perpetrator’s intention is inconsequential. What is important is whether the behavior is deemed unacceptable by normal standards and the recipient finds it inappropriate.Organisational Conditions Bullying is not just about the victim, there are… Read full this story
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