Workplace bullying is bad for business; it leads to decreased productivity, lower morale, increased absenteeism, and attrition.
Workplace bullying, by definition, happens at work. It interferes with the target's confidence that her or his livelihood is assured. Bullying is a laser-focused, personalized economic crisis affecting the target and her or his family. When bullies have control over the targets' livelihood (as in 72% of situations), they have tremendous leverage to cause financial pain. Women and single parent workers are the most vulnerable.
Workplace abusers can block transfers to a safe job, can make targets so miserable that they quit (constructive discharge), or impair target health. Often, they have to quit to halt the abuse but the emotional and financial damage can last for years.
In the U.S., losing work means losing health insurance. No job. Get sicker. Lose the ability to seek medical help. Lose the ability to find new employment. Workplace bullying not only harms individuals it harms families and the impact can last for generations.
- Forced to transfer within the same company, often a punitive transfer (13%)
- Constructively discharged without reasonable cause (24%)
- Target quits to reverse decline in health and sanity (40%)