Gurgaon, India, 25 November 2014 :– If you’re aware of bullying at your workplace, or are a victim yourself, you’re not alone. According to a survey by CareerBuilder.in, 55% of Indian workers revealed that they have been bullied at work.
The two most common ways workers report being bullied was being falsely accused of mistakes they didn’t make (33%) followed by being ignored, whereby comments have been dismissed or not acknowledged (32%). Constantly being criticised by the boss or co-workers (31%) and purposely excluded from projects or meetings (29%) were also common weapons used by the workplace bully.
Forty-two per cent of victims did not report the bullying to their HR department and of those who were bullied, most pointed to incidents with their bosses (25%) or colleagues (22%). Close to half (47%) said they were bullied by someone older than themselves and it wasn’t necessarily a colleague, as 7% of victims were bullied by customers.
“It is important to remember that bullying impacts workers of all backgrounds regardless of race, education, age, income and level of authority within an organisation,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. “Many of the workers who have experienced bullying don’t confront the bully or decide not to report the incidents which can prolong a negative work experience that leads some to leave their jobs.”
Eighty-one per cent of victims said that they had confronted the bully themselves, with varying results. Nearly two in five (17%) said the bullying had gotten worse, and a further 58% who felt bullied reported it to their HR department. Of those who reported it, 37% said that action was taken while 21% said nothing was done.
If you’re feeling bullied in the workplace, Mr.Premlesh Machama, MD, CareerBuilder India recommends to:
- Keep a record of all incidents of bullying, documenting places, times, what happened and who was present.
- Consider talking to the bully, providing examples of how you felt treated unfairly. Chances are the bully may not be aware that he/she is making you feel this way.
- Always focus on agreeing a resolution. When sharing examples with the bully or a company authority, center the discussions around how to make the working situation better or how things could be handled differently.
More than 1000 people from corporates, aged 18-70 from India were involved in the survey.
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