What are some of the major concerns and questions about workplace bullying that cause people to go online and search for information and answers? One unscientific but useful indicator is the listing of page views or “hits” on specific articles from this blog that discuss aspects of workplace bullying. These page views are typically the result of online searches and deliberate clicks to article titles.
I used the WordPress reporting function for bloggers to compile a list of the most popular blog posts as measured by hits during the past year, and these are the bullying-related pieces that attracted at least 1,000 standalone views, drawn from the over 1,250 articles posted here:
- By far the most popular bullying-related post during the past year was the December 2012 piece on “Gaslighting as a workplace bullying tactic.” A topically related post, also very popular, was “Workplace bullying as crazy making abuse,” from August 2014.
- The second most popular bullying-related post was “When the bullying comes from a board member” from August 2011. Finishing not too far behind it was a related post, “Workplace bullying in the non-profit sector,” from January 2011.
- Posts on bullying in educational sectors attracted lots of page views. They included a May 2012 post, “Maryland teachers sue for bullying and harassment,” as well as a long-time favorite, “Workplace bullying and mobbing in academe: The hell of heaven?,” originally posted in February 2009 and updated in April 2014.
- Advice-type pieces were quite popular. These included “Bullied at work? Avoid making these common mistakes” (December 2010), “Workplace bullying: Recognition, response, recovery, and renewal” (July 2013), “Is emotional detachment an antidote for a nasty workplace?” (August 2010), and “Should you confront your workplace bullying?” (September 2011), as well as the blog’s “Need Help” resource page.
- Many people were obviously trying to understand the dynamics of bullying at work, with these posts all breaking the 1,000 mark: “When workplace bullies claim victim status: Avoiding the judo flip” (May 2013), “Post-Traumatic Embitterment Disorder and workplace bullying” (July 2011), “What makes someone a potential workplace bullying target?” (June 2013), and “‘Puppet master’ bullying vs. genuine mobbing at work” (January 2012).
- As if we needed more evidence linking workplace bullying with job loss, “Workplace bullying targets winning unemployment benefits appeals in New York State” (August 2013) was the 5th most popular bullying-related post during the past year.
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