CBC News: 40% of Canadians bullied at work, expert says

CBC News, Dec 6, 2011 | FULL STORY

Bullying does not just happen on the playground. Experts say it’s a real problem in the workplace, too.

Jacqueline Power, an assistant professor of management at the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business, has spent years researching bullies in the workplace. She says 40 per cent of Canadians has experienced one or more acts of workplace bullying at least once a week for the last six months.

Power said workplace bullying includes withholding information from a person, excluding staff from meetings, threats and intimidation.

Power called it “a serious problem.”

“It leads to higher turnover and higher rates of sickness,” she said. “It reduces people’s levels of self confidence.”

Power said workplace bullying is “virtually never reported” to management.

“It’s partly because when people do report bullying in the workplace, they don’t get much support,” Power said.

She said human resources departments and management don’t often respond seriously to the allegations.

“I understand why people don’t do it, because basically the strategy is to wear you down and eventually you’ll walk away from it,” said Jim Johnston, a former Canada Border Services Agency manager who says he is a victim of workplace bullying.

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