Workplace bullying is an important issue to discuss. Anyone who has ever had a dog as a pet knows how important the initial training aspect is! If you don’t deal with unwanted behaviors from the get go, it will only become a much greater challenge, as time goes by. This is tantamount to how you must respond to and deal with workplace bullying. It’s a given that a bully will not stop his/her behavior if you turn a blind eye and try to tolerate the abuse. By ignoring offensive behaviors, you’re unwittingly signaling to the bully that it’s okay to continue because you’re seen as an easy target.
According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, more than 60 million working people in the United States are affected by bullying. Since bullying is often verbal or psychological in nature, it’s not always visible to others. It comes in many forms and can be very subtle. Bullying is generally defined as a repeated, unreasonable action directed towards a person or a group of people that can manifest as a risk to one’s health, safety or well-being.