Bullies Invade The Office
CHARLOTTE, NC- It happens on the playground, the classroom and the Internet.
Now, you can add the boardroom. 35 percent of Americans say they deal with bullies at work!
Alves says that's the reality of office bullies and he admits it's a growing problem. Workplace bullies falsely accuse, criticize and gossip.
"It affects morale, it affects work performance, it affects anything from.. they can get sick, people get depressed from bullying. Then that's going to carry over to their workload and ultimately, that's going to impact the client and we can't have that,' said Alves.
Therapist Erin Rice says close to 30 percent of her adult clients admit they've been bullied. The affects go beyond the office.
"There going to go home and end up having problems with people in their household just because they're not feeling good about themselves or what they're spending most of their time doing," said Rice, with Southside Consulting Center.
According to CareerBuilder.com, 50 percent of employees who were bullied say they confronted the person and things got better. The study also shows that for those who went to human resources, 60 percent say nothing was done about their complaint.
"Their afraid it's going to blow up," said Alves.
But in Alves office, he suggests employees handle it amongst each other. If that doesn't work... He keeps an open door policy.
If you're feeling bullied at work, experts suggest keeping a record of all incidents with the time, place and what happened.They also suggest talking it out or reporting it to management.