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Overcoming Workplace Bullying

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - We’ve all heard about the increase in bullying among  children, but workplace bullying among adults is also a growing problem.  According to recent reports, 35 to 50 percent of U.S. employees say they were  bullied in the course of their career.

The Problem

At companies across America,  employers and workers are discovering a problem that’s bad for morale,  bad for their own health and happiness, and bad for the bottom line:  workplace bullying.

Some Solutions

What can you do if you’re bullied at work? Dr. Colleen Logan, WaldenUniversity’s program director  for the M.S. in Career Counseling program, and an expert in bullying issues,  offers some advice:

• Know the signs.  Workplace bullying can include verbal abuse, threats, gossip, the silent  treatment, offensive conduct, humiliation, intimidation, and work  interference or sabotage.

• Be honest with yourself.  It’s easy to discount or ignore bullying, thinking you might be reading  the situation wrongly, but if you think you’re being bullied, you  likely are.

• Set boundaries. Tell  yourself you do not have to stand for this behavior and will not be  victimized. Remain in charge of your values, decisions, behavior and conduct.

• Get ready to confront the  bully. Mentally prepare to send a clear and consistent message that the  bullying needs to stop.

• Make a formal complaint.  Talk to your boss. Provide specific details about the bullying and how it  affects you and your work. If your boss is the bully, talk to a human  resources representative.

• Seek alternative  employment. If your workplace doesn’t change, take steps to find a nonhostile work environment where colleagues listen to one another’s viewpoint with respect, agree to disagree and move forward.

“Bullying in the workplace is fundamentally wrong. It can cause  physical, mental and emotional harm as well as long-term career problems,”   says Dr. Logan. “Although no one wants to admit to being the bully or  to being bullied, everyone has the right to work in a healthy, nonhostile  work environment.”

Learn More

For more information, tips and other resources for victims of bullying and  those who witness bullying in the workplace, visit www.WaldenU.edu/bullyprevention.