Almost half of all employees have been targeted by a workplace bully. According to a March 2007 study by the Employment Law Alliance, 44% of us have been bullied by an abusive manager or supervisor.
Here are some more statistics:
- 81% of bullies are managers.
- 50% of bullies are women, and 50% are men.
- 84% of targets are women.
- 82% of targets ultimately lose their jobs.
- 95% of bullying is witnessed.
And the statistic that causes the most indignation? It's estimated that only 7% of workplace bullies
end up censured, transferred, or terminated.
With new and better information, however, that last statistic can change. Employees no longer have to sit back and "take it." Employees don't have to quit. All targets or victims of workplace bullying can become what I call "workplace warriors," using some tried-and-true self-defense strategies designed to restore power, dignity, and options to the bullied employee.
Myths and Truths about Bullying Bosses
Before we get into self-defense strategies, let's clear up some common misconceptions about bully bosses.
It's a good idea to confront your bully so he or she sees that you're not afraid.
Personal confrontations with bullies are almost never productive.
The first thing an employee should do following a bullying incident is talk to management.
Management team members interpret any confrontation an employee might have with a boss as also being a confrontation with them, and without well-documented proof of a pattern of behavior, they will likely view the employee as the problem.
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