Don’t get caught in the system
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Returning to work after an illness or injury can be trying. Depending upon how long you were out of the workplace, you may have difficulty catching up with everything that’s happened while you were gone. You may still have a deficit of energy, making it hard to get through the day from a physical perspective. But what if your return is complicated even further by workplace bullying?
You’d think that as we grew older, we would grow out of bullying and intimidating behavior. And it’s true, some former school yard bullies learn the errors of their ways, and become productive members of society. However, a survey by the CDC revealed that 20% of teenagers had been the victim of bullying, and perhaps shockingly that number increases to 25% in the workplace, as reported by the Workplace Bullying institute.
If you’ve suffered yourself from bullying or seen someone who has, then you will have experienced first-hand the increase in stress it brings to people’s lives. A genuine anxiety becomes pervasive, as the victim worries what might happen next, and in some cases is even afraid to go to the office, or their school.
Poor attendance by some victims can even lead to panic attacks, insomnia and the inability to sleep soundly through the night, which has further mental health consequences beyond the impact of the bullying.
After sustained bullying, a permanent ‘low mood’ can develop, leaving the victim prone to depression. This form of depression is known as ‘reactive depression’ as it is caused by events external to the victim.
Here are some some physical and mental signs of bullying and the impact it might have on your everyday life.
If you are being bullied at work, you can, and should, take action.
Here’s what to do:
If none of these things work, you can contact the Fair Work Commission for advice.
Returning to work after an illness or injury is difficult enough. Don’t let a workplace bully make it worse.
Source: At Work, Issue 93, Summer 2018: Institute for Work & Health, Toronto
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