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Anyone who was ever bullied will most likely convey that the bullying incident wasn’t welcomed, wanted, or willingly experienced. Now couple a bullying incident with the responsibility of taking care of a family, others, or themselves ... might the risk of a financial loss cause a workplace bullying target to remain silent about something that outside of the work environment wouldn’t be tolerated? Unfortunately, the answer many times is ‘yes’.
Individuals sometimes don’t report workplace bullying due to a potential of:
Any of these concerns can be a powerful motivator to prevent individuals from taking action(s) to protect themselves or others. Moreover, the potential for these negative outcomes are reasons that organizations must understand that confronting or combatting a workplace bully isn’t always a fair fight --- especially if a bully has any input into anything a target or anyone who reports knowledge about a bullying incident considers to be of value.
Organizations have a moral and fiduciary responsibility to protect its employees, contractors, partners, or other classifications from any unnecessary workplace abuse that can and should be corrected, prevented, and not tolerated.
Additional information on workplace bullying can be obtained in Mr. Young's solution-oriented books "Bullies… They’re In Your Office, Too: Could you be one?" and “Management Spotlight: Workplace Bullying”.
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