December 2, 2016
Incidents of workplace bullying have risen significantly since 2014 and with compensation payouts at an all-time high, lawyers are reaping a bonanza but employees bear the brunt, with affected individuals left isolated and underserviced.
Workplace bullying isolates and traumatises the very best employees (usually women) and even the largest settlements aren’t enough to cover the losses incurred by those affected.
Having spoken to a number of individuals whose settlements exceed $400,000, they’ve told me that even these sums weren’t enough to cover the financial, mental and physical health losses they’ve endured over several years.
Often they end up as emotional paraplegics, with their psychological injuries so severe that they’re unable to leave their homes and will never be able to work again.
They’re so badly affected that they’ve completely lost trust in other human beings and rely only on pets for companionship.
Our society has an “out of sight and out of mind” attitude towards them and no one cares or understands their situation enough to offer the right kind of support.
Furthermore, people affected by workplace bullying have been stigmatised by the Australian Human Resources Institute chairman, who should know better, but has been quoted as saying: “It’s a new variant of chucking a sickie that people can get a long time off.”
It’s also dismaying that health professionals often lack the specific training required to help and although well-intended, may suggest remedies that do more harm than good – for example, mediation with the perpetrator, which has severe detrimental effects according to research by Gary Namie of the Workplace Bullying Institute.
I’ve been studying workplace bullying for many years and I want to give you the help you needed to recover from your ordeal, find your confidence and restore your sense of purpose.
First up, it’s important to remember that your work stress isn’t your fault, you may just be working for a closet narcissist. To find out if this applies to you, get your copy of my free guide by clicking here.
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Dr Sophie Henshaw is a Work Stress Strategist, Author and Doctor of Psychology who also works as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Western Australia. She’s helps mid-career professionals working in toxic workplaces with bully bosses walk away from work stress without losing their career, reputation, income or sanity in her online program, "Walk Away From Work Stress." Dr Sophie is the author of “Stressed, Depressed And Dreading Mondays” and has contributed a chapter in Anton Hout's book: “What Every Target Of Workplace Bullying Needs To Know.” She also writes for her blog at: www.freespiritedme.com and has made media appearances on Channel 10, 6PR, Huffpost Live, WA Today, Ninemsn Health and is a contributor to Huffington post, Women’s Agenda and PsychCentral online magazines. In 2017 she presented at the “No More Harm” conference and in 2016 was a keynote speaker at the "No2Bullying conference," as well as the inaugural HPARA conference.