This is due not only to some of the major news media interviewing the experts on it but also through the explosion of the social media outlets online and the influences they have had in recent years.
We are also finding that the instant communications that people have now like texting their friends and families on their smartphones or other wireless devices, or posting to their contacts on Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and YouTube, has made a big difference by bringing workplace issues to the forefront for millions of more people than were previously aware of them.
Although the social media and other mobile devices make the awareness and reporting of workplace bullying incidents almost instantaneous, there is another side effect to this whole thing that has reared it’s ugly head.
Now the bullies have a new weapon to use against their targets to bring them down emotionally, relentlessly harass them, ridicule them and even make their lives miserable during their off time on weekends and vacations.
These wireless devices can really add to the unhealthy, intimidating or humiliating behaviors of workplace bullies The characteristics of the workplace bully remains the same but the delivery systems have improved tremendously.
Remember the 4 main characteristics of a bully:
1. To control and aggressively assault his victim through repeated verbal abuse.
2. Sabotaging of their work to make them look incompetent.
3. Humiliating their victims in front of their co-workers.
4. Generally mistreating them so badly that they lose their dignity, confidence and self respect.
If these types of behaviors are haunting you whether they are coming from your boss or another co-worker and you think that they are being obsessive with their abuse, there are certain steps that you can take which will help you rise above it all.
It all boils down to learning why it is happening, who is getting targeted and why and what kinds of actions will be needed to put an end to it.
As of right now, the law can be used for discrimination cases but there are none yet on the books against bullying itself. The Healthy Workplace Bill has been introduced in a number of states with Massachusetts becoming the closest to pass the bill.
Until one is passed we have to change things in certain other ways to protect our health, our mental and emotional stability and make the place were we work and spend most of our day, a fun and exciting workplace that is never toxic.