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Workplace bullying is a serious health risk

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2022 | Employment Law |

For many people across Florida, work is where they spend most of their time. Nobody expects work to be fun and games all the time. After all, it is a place of business first and foremost. However, this doesn’t mean that staff should not be treated with fairness, dignity and respect. 

Sadly, not everyone is on the same page about how people should be treated in the workplace. Co-workers may take a dislike to a fellow colleague and seek to make their life as difficult as possible. The impacts of workplace bullying can be devastating, and some of the key consequences are outlined below. 

Serious emotional trauma 

On an emotional level, workplace bullying can take a serious toll. People who have been intimidated, berated, disrespected or isolated can start to lose their sense of self-worth. This can result in work becoming a daunting prospect, and they may dread going in each day. 

Not only are bullied workers suffering, but they also tend to be less productive for the company. Their mind will be preoccupied with how to tackle the bullying rather than how to turn a profit. 

There are physical consequences too 

The mind and body are interconnected, and emotional issues can become physical ailments. Bullied employees may start to feel physically exhausted and sick. Stress is commonly associated with stomach conditions such as ulcers. The worry brought on by being harassed can result in extreme anxiety, which may manifest itself physically in the form of panic attacks. 

All in all, it is in the best interests of both employees and employers to avoid bullying in the workplace. If you have been subjected to this form of behavior and are having no success tackling it internally, you may want to explore your legal options