Incidents of workplace bullying have risen significantly since 2014 and compensation payouts are at an all-time high. Lawyers are reaping a bonanza but employees bear the brunt. Affected individuals are left isolated and under-serviced.
Workplace bullying isolates and traumatises the very best employees, usually women. Even the largest settlements aren’t enough to cover the losses incurred by those affected.
I’ve 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.
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.
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