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“There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless.” Mark Twain

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Bullies are cowards

Most people think of children when they hear the word “bullying”. Sadly, there are a lot of adult bullies too. They don’t always hide behind their words, but do take chances of being a public bully like in the work place.

Take for example, a male bully who is a manager over predominately females is more apt to get a free pass than to be called out for bullying a female co-worker.
Most women don’t want to make waves so will stay quiet.
It is easier to take up for the underdog than to defend yourself.

The harming effects of workplace bullying can go further than mere embarrassment. A target may become psychologically injured after long-term abuse.
According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, "workplace bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment that takes one or more of the following forms: verbal abuse; offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or is in jeopardy, they may also start to feel physically ill and emotionally harmed.

Workplace Bullying Liabilities
Bullying poses great liabilities to employers, including:
· Occupational health and safety violations;
· Actions for negligence or intentional infliction of mental suffering; or
Defamatory actions.intimidating; and work interference (sabotage) which prevents work from getting done."
· Workplace bullying has devastating effects on the targeted individual. Not only does one feel that their job is in jeopardy, they may also start to feel physically ill and emotionally harmed.

Workplace Bullying Liabilities
Bullying poses great liabilities to employers, including:

•Occupational health and safety violations;
•Actions for negligence or intentional infliction of mental suffering; or
•Defamatory actions.

Another concern that arises from workplace bullying is stress-related illness. These illnesses can range over many categories. It is not uncommon for people under extreme stress to develop symptoms of heart disease (i.e. high blood pressure), gastrointestinal disorders (i.e. irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers) and many other ailments. The stress that results from bullying can lead to long-term illnesses; some ailments by affect an individual for life.
Bullying and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
As a result of the negative feelings associated with workplace bullying, targets are at a very high risk of developing mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety disorder. Their way of living is attacked for no apparent reason and often, the attacker is intent on harming the target for no apparent reason. Targets may endure abuse day in and day out for months or even years. This abuse harms their overall health. While depression and anxiety can be debilitating, targets may experience symptoms that are different. Yet finding a fitting diagnosis causes a bit of a controversy among some professionals.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) describes symptoms that result when a person is involved in a short-term or single traumatic event. Examples include accidents, natural disasters, assault, attempted murder and rape because these are considered to be of short duration. However, the trauma related to workplace bullying is not an isolated, short-term event.
Long term or chronic events that span a period of months or years tend to develop symptoms that vary from PTSD. There is usually more intense psychological harm when one experiences repeated trauma. There may be complete changes to one's concept of who they are and in their ability to cope with stressful situations.

Workplace bullying is a serious issue due to the harmful health issues it causes. People have committed suicide and/or harmed others while in the throes of PTSD episodes.



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