Study: 1 out of 5 quit due to bullying in the workplace

Minorities more likely to be bullied in workplace

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new CareerBuilder study finds 28-percent of workers feel they’re being bullied at their jobs.
In fact, one out of every five people who feel bullied end up quitting their jobs all together.

“That’s a high number, you know, but if it reaches that point, if that’s the only option that you have then, you got to do what you got to do so that you can just be happy at your job,” said Matt McBride of Hampden.

Minorities, women, people with disabilities and the LGBT community are more likely to be bullied in the workplace.

“I haven’t been bullied, but I know a couple of people who have been bullied and they almost feel like they need to leave their jobs because tensions rise at work and it just becomes too much,” said Steve McBride of Hampden.

“You could only imagine that it would lower the self esteem, let alone make someone feel very uncomfortable in the workplace. May be to the point where they would feel they have to leave,” said Lina Racicot, Professor of Psychology at American International College.

Though the effects of being bullied in the workplace can be psychologically damaging, there are a few tips you could use to resolve conflict.

  • Keep a record of all incidents, keeping track of time, place, and who was there.
  • Consider talking to the bully, and provide specific examples of how you feel you aren’t being treated with respect.
  • Finally, always focus on resolution: Center the discussion on how to make the present situation better.

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