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More professionals report office bullying

August 14, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Bullying is often something we link to childhood, but experts say bullies come in all ages. Thirty-seven percent of the workforce admits to being bullied and women, more than men, are often targeted."She used to slam things around, drawers, cabinet doors," says office manager Patricia Sardella.

Sardella says her female supervisor used physical and psychological intimidation tactics.

"I started to doubt myself and my abilities," says Sardella

Despite having a Ph.D., she often did menial tasks and she says her intimidator sent unfavorable e-mails about her to her boss.

"I would come home feeling useless, and not of value to the company," says Sardella.

"How we respond to bullying makes a difference," says Judy Sheehan, Director of Nursing Education at Butler Hospital.

Sheehan suggests confronting the issue right away. If you are being yelled at tell the bully you will come back later and have someone with you. Also make sure to notify your human resources department.

"You need to work with the system, document, document, document, what's going on, who's involved, who's there, when it happens," says Sheehan.

If none of that works there is always the option Patricia made -- finding a new job. Experts realize it's not easy to switch jobs, but they encourage people to go to outside work coaches to help explore other options.

 

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