Workplace Bullying: How to Deal with Intimidation or Harassment at Work
a Cease & Desist letter to neutralize workplace bullies
(Mar. 29, 2013) - Workplace
bullying has become a hot-button topic within the media over the past
few years, with statistics suggesting that up to 35% of workforce
employees have fallen victim to this alarming trend.
suggest that bullying victims are simply people who “can't take
the pressure” at work. Not so, says Jeff Shane, Vice President
& Taylor Reference Checking,
a firm that offers “Cease
& Desist letters to
stop workplace bullying. “Bullying has become an unpleasant fact of
life in too many workplace environments. What makes it especially
insidious is that it often continues even after someone has left a
job, with the bully continuing to make their life difficult by them a
poor reference to a prospective employer.”
bullying tactics can range from derogatory comments to public
humiliation or physical abuse; in any event, they unquestionably lead
to decreased workplace productivity. Victims may experience a loss of
confidence, debilitating anxiety, panic attacks, clinical depression
and even physical illnesses.
to the issue is the fact that management or supervisors are the most
common offenders, and their bullying actions leave the recipient in a
difficult employment position. Since many bullies are operating in
accordance with a company's “standard practices”, victims often
speculate that they may deserve the criticisms, or they are simply
too embarrassed, reluctant or fearful to confront the harasser.
you are the victim and you're unwilling or unable to effect a
change in the workplace, leaving the position and looking for a more
positive environment may be your best choice. However, be certain
that your former employer's negative feedback does not hinder your
efforts to find a more suitable work environment.
large number of the references we check are in response to workplace
bullying”, says Shane. “People feel traumatized and helpless in
the face of mistreatment. They're also worried that the negative
feedback they're receiving in their current job will carry over
into a negative reference, and disrupt their ability to secure future
there is recourse available for such grim scenarios. Allison
& Taylor reference checking provides
a service whereby an employee can find out exactly what someone is
saying about them to a prospective new employer. If a workplace bully
is speaking out of turn when responding to an employment inquiry,
employees can exercise the option of a Cease
& Desist letter or
pursue more substantive legal action. Such tools will help ensure
that the transgressor will stop their actions out of fear of
dilemma of workplace bullying is often made worse by the feeling that
nothing can be done to alleviate it,” says Shane, “but that's
not true. A person can, and should, take steps to improve or protect
their employment situation.”
find out more about workplace bullying and the steps you can take to
prevent or eliminate it, please visit http://www.allisontaylor.com
its principals have been in the business of checking references for
corporations and individuals since 1984. AllisonTaylor is
headquartered in Rochester, Mich. For further details on services and
procedures please visit http://www.allisontaylor.com/.
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