Workplace bullying involves multiple, repeated, intentional acts of aggression, hostility, social isolation, or disrespect. These acts often happen in person but also can occur through email, text messaging, and social media. Between 15-19% of working adults are victims of workplace bullying. Perpetrators are usually male (70%) and in supervisory positions (61%), while 60% of targets are women.
Certain work environments are more likely to foster bullying, such as those with high stress, demanding workloads, and those in which employees feel high levels of job insecurity or boredom.
Hostility at work is often a significant source of physical and emotional stress, leading to higher healthcare costs and absenteeism. Individuals targeted for mistreatment at work can experience increased rates of:
Talking to a counsellor may help in release of stress related to work environment and cope better with stressful situations. The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and therefore find unique solutions to your problems.