Most people would believe their days of being bullied and picked on would end on the playground, but startlingly more and more employees are coming forward with stories of workplace harassment and bullying. Consequently, more companies are faced with allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior that threatens morale.
Worse, is that many employers’ codes of conduct and human resource guides do not proscribe solutions for this type of behavior, making it hard for bullied employees to seek recourse against the harassers. Workplace bullying can include any number of signs, including: passive-aggressiveness; nudging, pushing or shoving; character assassination; arrogance; an unfair attitude towards coworkers; coworkers who are quick to blame others for problems; or, an employee that is extremely rude and belligerent toward another. Some of this conduct is prohibited by law and some of it is not. However, none of it should be tolerated.
Bullying conditions are often exacerbated by the fact that if there is no strict policy against the behavior, bullies can take advantage of a lax policy and continue to torment individuals with much impunity. Until employers and human resource departments begin to take bullying seriously, it is likely that many more instances of bullying will go unpunished.
If you believe you are being bullied, you should immediately seek out your human resources representative or supervisor to explain your situation. Always put your complaints in writing and keep a copy for your records. Getting your workplace complaints in writing is the first step to seeking recourse for harassment and bullying. Contact an attorney if you think you are being bullied or harassed for an illegal reason, which might include your race, gender or age, among other reasons.