Workplace Bullying: Identify the Causes of Workplace Bullying

What Causes Workplace Bullying?

There are many different factors which can cause workplace bullying.  While none of these are 100% definite, they are circumstances which contribute to workplace abuse.  

Corporate Restructuring – In many cases, termed “leveraging of resources”, significant changes in the organizational structure can trigger a great deal of animosity at all levels of the workplace.  Anger and bitterness resulting from promotions or demotions, whether fair or not, often cause ill-will.  This does not justify workplace bullying but it is a frequent indicator of a potential for targeted workplace abuse. 

Employee Status or Characteristics – Employees with different identifying characteristics such as age, gender, race, intern or apprentice status, parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, color, religion or disability are often indicators of common bullying targets. 

Workplace Relationships – Employees who may have good personal relationships within their workgroup can easily be targeted by those who do not.  Likewise, employees who have tenuous relationships with supervisors or managers may be targeted by others as a weak link. In another scenario, recent corporate level organizational changes may contribute to an overall morale decline in the workplace.  Employees or even managers may feel pressured to justify their positions by targeting employees in attempts to safeguard their employment.

How Workplace Bullying Affects Employees

In many cases, people spend more time in the workplace than they do with their own families.  With this in mind, the issue of workplace bullying is twofold.  The relationships in both the workplace and the personal life are negatively affected.  The target of abuse may experience physical, emotional, psychological and mental effects up to and including:

  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Family member stress and strain
  • Depression/Low Self-Esteem
  • GI (Gastrointestinal) Problems
  • Financial Problems resulting from multiple absences
  • Headaches and musculoskeletal problems
  • Financial problems from increased medication costs

Workplace bullying takes a toll on everyone.  Single moms can especially feel the pressure of added workplace stress with the many responsibilities of single motherhood.  Make life easier by effectively maintaining the relationships that matter most.  In order to avoid further stress, read on to learn how to Minimize the Physical Signs of Stress.  Keep in mind that in all likelihood, the perpetrators will not stop.  Start now and protect your livilihood by establishing a Plan B today.  Get Single Mom Maximum Leverage and take back control of your family’s future.

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