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Adult Bullying in the Workplace: More Common Than You Might Think

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Someone being bullied can experience feelings of helplessness and vulnerability, and a loss of confidence. They can have headaches and stomach pain, as well as issues with their sleep, concentration and appetite.

Bullying may also lead to reduced productivity and low morale, Savage added.

So how can adult bullying be brought to an end?

In the workplace, a good place to start is making sure there are clear policies regarding bullying, harassment and unacceptable behaviors, Hammond said.

Training should be provided to all employees, and they should know how to report a case of bullying and how to respond, she added. It would also be helpful to provide training in conflict resolution, and giving and receiving proper feedback.

In some cases, you may be able to confront a bully in the workplace and explain how their behavior is hurtful and negatively affecting others, and they may actually stop if they didn’t realize this before.

Sadly this is often not the case. This is why the issue of bullying needs to be brought to light and dealt with more effectively.


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Savage, Elayne. Email interview. April 9, 2015.

Reviewed April 10, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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EmpowHER Guest

WOOWW finally I see something about bulling at work by adults who are much worse than children (evi) I was bullied by a mentally ill teacher who controled other of her followers in her bulling. I took this for 14years !!!! I know for a fact that if I had gone to a lawyer she would had been fired because many of the things she did were very ilegal, and more in a school situation. Her bulling came fron envie and obsesion of power. It got so bad that became her mental illness.

April 18, 2015 - 9:49pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am being cyberbullied. I went to see what laws were out there and found that there are very few that protect adults, but I did find one in my state. This person will only get a slap on the wrist and will most likely keep on doing what he is doing. I am saddened that these things are rarely brought to public attention until tragedy strikes.

April 17, 2015 - 12:43am
EmpowHER Guest

This is such a good article! At first I just thought that maybe in my office setting I was being to emotional and taking things to personal but this article has brought a lot of interesting points and the most important one is a form of abuse. It's very sad really because sometimes for someone to feel better about them selfs they need to make others look bad! I hope I never have any of those traits! Thank you.

April 16, 2015 - 8:05pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

these type of people (bullies) have a very low selfsteam, envie, inferiority complex, and some mental illness. They need to bully others to feed their ''self ego''.

April 18, 2015 - 9:55pm
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