What Should You Do When You Witness Workplace Bullying?

So, instead of sticking your head in the sand and hoping that it will all go away, (it never does) there is one thing you can do when you witness workplace bullying and that is to speak Up and inform the proper authorities in that department!

Research does show that even though 95% of co-workers know when someone is being verbally abused, intimidated or bullied, only about 8% of them actually did something about it. 28% of these witnesses felt sorry for what was happening and offered some type of moral support to the target.

The remainder of them did absolutely nothing at all or, if you can believe it, they sided with the bully!

Why is it that most people don’t do anything when they see bullying happening?

The biggest reason that we have found for this inaction on the part of the witnesses is simply, fear. As much as we hate to see others get hurt, we often have thoughts like, “I’m glad it’s not me.”

Witnesses are often afraid that speaking up might turn them into a target and they are usually right.

It is a real possibility because, hardly anyone who witnesses any type of workplace bullying first hand wants to take the bull (bully) by the horns and talk about it with their supervisor or report it to HR department or other proper authorities.Just remember this though, if you do nothing, you can be considered an accomplice to the bully. So please, say something to someone, even if it’s just a few words of support to the person that is being victimized.

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