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