Here’s more evidence that we’re connecting the dots between different forms of bullying and abuse in our society: The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro, Mass. ran an editorial, “Standing up to bullies at last,” that praised the new Massachusetts school bullying law and linked school and workplace abuse, citing survey data from the Workplace Bullying Institute:
“It’s incredibly upsetting to me that the adults don’t seem to have acted like adults,” the governor said last month, in criticizing South Hadley school officials. But, should we be surprised? After all, workplace bullying is also rife. Hallmarks are rumors and ridicule that damage a worker’s stature, purposeful isolation, chronic snubbing and acts of disdain.
The Workplace Bullying Institute, a nonprofit educational organization, provides research showing victims can suffer panic attacks and depression, and once targeted, there’s a 64 percent chance of losing their job for no apparent reason. Most workplace bullies are bosses, WBI reports, and bullying could not exist without the explicit or tacit approval from employers.