Workplace bullying is a serious problem that can profoundly affect the mental, emotional, physical, and financial health of the person being bullied.
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Toronto, ON (PRWEB) November 26, 2012
Owned and operated by certified trauma counselor and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioner Vivian Cannataro, Lodestone Counselling Services (http://www.howtocope.ca) warns that bullying in the workplace is just as prevalent and harmful as it is in schools and other areas of society. Furthermore, the Lodestone stresses that failure to address workplace bullying can contribute to high stress levels, absenteeism, and a significant loss of productivity.
“Workplace bullying is a serious problem that can profoundly affect the mental, emotional, physical, and financial health of the person being bullied,” says Cannataro. “In fact, under Ontario law, serious incidents of violence or harassment can result in criminal charges.”
In Canada, one in six employees has been bullied and one in five has seen a co-worker bullied. In addition, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan have made workplace bullying illegal. (Source: Canada Safety Council, “Working with a Bully,” last accessed November 23, 2012.)
In a recent workplace bullying study, it was reported that 37% of workers have been bullied, with 57% of the targets being women. The majority of bullies (72%) are people in positions of authority. Being bullied by co-workers is less frequent at 18%. The majority of victims are long-term, well-established employees. The most common victims are women in their 40s. (Source: Workplace Bullying Institute, “Results of the 2010 and 2007 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey,” 2010.)
According to Cannataro, prolonged workplace bullying can lead to cardiovascular problems, including hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. It has also been linked to impairment in neurological function, panic attacks, anxiety, clinical depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even suicide.
The EFT practitioner says that, left unchecked, workplace bullying can also be extremely costly for employers. It leads to absenteeism, lost productivity, workers compensation claims, disability, and even litigation expenses.
Cannataro notes that: “Workplace bullying is not an isolated experience; rather, it’s a reflection of how we interact with each other. As a result, incidences of bullying have, unfortunately, been reported everywhere.”
She encourages businesses to establish a workplace bullying policy detailing both acceptable and unacceptable behaviours. “That way you can hold people accountable for bullying,” she says.
Those who feel they have been bullied should file, at the very least, a claim with human resources, advises Cannataro. “Businesses need to take bullying in the workplace seriously. Because, if they don’t, the courts will, and they won’t like the outcome.”
Lodestone Counselling fully understands the issues surrounding workplace bullying and knows which methods will provide any organization with the best skills to deal with it. Lodestone Counselling’s interactive “Recognize, Respond and Eliminate Bullying in the Work Place” workshop offers insightful tools and strategies on how to eliminate this detrimental behaviour effectively and quickly.
Corporate training can either be done at the client’s place of business or at Lodestone’s Mississauga office. For more information, please call 416-305-7415 or e-mail info(at)howtocope(dot)ca for further details.
Lodestone Counselling Services offers a variety of traditional counselling and therapy services, as well as body/mind relaxation strategies, in addition to its workshops. For more information on its other services, or to learn more about Vivian Cannataro, visit http://www.howtocope.ca.
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