Bullying is not only a huge emotional drain on an individual, it’s a huge financial drain on businesses. It’s easy enough to put a stop to it–bullies need victims and they need bystanders to ignore their bullying, so if we don’t put up with bullies, they don’t have anyone to bully and the problem is solved.
Except, apparently, we’re all wimps when it comes to someone else being bullied.
A new study out of the Netherlands (usual caveats about cultural differences and don’t take small number studies–161 people in this case–too seriously) suggests that no matter what victims do, their co-workers will ignore the bullying.
In the first case, “the victim was proactive, darling the bully to criticise them to their face or demand they cease their behaviour.” In the second case, the victim was avoidant. This victim “avoided the situation, by skipping out when the bully entered a room, or by taking sick leave to avoid work entirely.”
To keep reading, click here: Study: Bullied at Work? No Matter What You Do, You’re Screwed