What Happens When School Bullying Moves to the Workplace

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“People try to say suicide is the most cowardly act a man could ever commit. I don’t think that’s true at all. What’s cowardly is treating a man so badly that he wants to commit suicide.”
– Tommy Tran

This week, we were confronted with a story about a young man who took his own life after dealing with bullying abuse both at school and at work. It is a horrible story about the level that others took this young man to on all sides where he saw no hope. You can read the article here.

We tend to forget that bullying happens to all ages and does not discriminate. It will be a part of the fabric of all pieces of our culture if we do not take a stand. Interestingly, there is a large contingent of workplace bullying that simply goes unreported and unnoticed. Why is this?

  1. People depend on their salary to survive and see no escape.
  2. People who were abused as youth often have resigned themselves to being abused and continue to allow the abusers to take advantage of them, due to their already low self-esteem.
  3. Hurt people hurt people, so those that get older continue the cycle of abuse that has been with them their whole lives.

So, what can we do about it? The most important thing is to notice it is happening and report it. The other important item is to push your workplace to have a serious harassment and bullying policy. If they don’t do that, then you should consider if it is the right place to work. People who are abused at work or in school suffer from anxiety, stress, and depression. The damage, if left untreated, can have devastating consequences. We must have enough empathy to do something and take a stand.

Otherwise, we will keep reading about these stories of both workplace and school bullying and abuse. There are signs and we must notice that people are hurting, so we can help. It is up to us to make a better world.

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About bullyingrecovery

Alan Eisenberg is a Certified Life Coach with a niche in bullying and abuse recovery, Bullying Recovery activist, and author of "A Ladder In The Dark: My journey from bullying to self-acceptance". and "Crossing the Line". He has been writing and speaking to various audiences about the issue of C-PTSD and Bullying Recovery. Mr. Eisenberg has been featured on several print, radio shows and podcasts on this issue, including NPR and in the Boston Globe
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  1. I did experience workplace bullying for a period of six months about 25 years ago. I did report but the bullying was justified on the grounds that I made too many mistakes, not that these so called mistakes were ever brought to my attention. I tried to fight back with banter of my own but as you know, bullies will use any excuse to ‘take offense’ to justify the bullying and I was made out to be the troublemaker. The worst incident when as an American working in the UK, I was accused of lying when I was off sick on July 4. In that instance, I went to the race relations commission but they told me that white Americans didn’t come under the Racial Equality Act. The bullying did end shortly after when the ringleader behind it left the company. The rest were obviously followers.

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