In the past, CIOs and other top managers may have given a collective shrug to the concept of office "bullying." After all, IT teams work in high-pressure environments and, in some cases, tempers flare. In other instances, senior tech execs could have dismissed occasional teases, practical jokes and perhaps even taunts with a casual "This is how we roll here." But it appears as if mindsets are about to change. Sharon Parella, a management-side employment lawyer in New York, was recently quoted by Associated Press as saying that bullying will "replace sexual harassment" as an organizational legal concern, adding "you can no longer ... act like a beast and get away with it" at work. More than a dozen states have considered anti-bullying laws in the past year that would allow workers to make claims to lost wages, benefits and medical expenses, and compel employers to prevent an "abusive work environment," according to published reports. Still need convincing? Then consider these statistics on the topic, as well as a thumbnail guide to help define what exactly bullying is - and isn't. The following slides are based on research from organizations such as the Workplace Bullying Institute, the Know Bull! Campaign and BullyingStatistics.org. For more guidance about workplace bullying from the BullyingStatistics.org, click here.
What Bullying Is ...
• Shouting and swearing or otherwise verbally abusing a worker
• Singling out an employee for unjustified blame
• Excluding a staffer from company activities
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