Bullying Isn’t Just a Problem for Kids

ABC News
Beyond The Headline October 10, 2013

Bullying is not just a problem for kids. Millions of American adults go to work in fear of being bulled.

In fact, according to a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control, adult bullying affects an estimated 12 million Americans in the workplace.

Jill Brooke, author of “The Need to Say No” and an expert in adult bullying, said the disturbing trend has almost become accepted office behavior.

"It is becoming an epidemic in the workplace,” she said, “because people are responding to their fear of losing their jobs and status, so, as a result, they consider this behavior survival of the fittest."

But it's not OK, and here's what Brooke said you should do if you're being bullied: First, speak up because bullies respond to resistance. Second, build documentation of the problem so that when you take your concerns to human resources you address the situation with facts instead of emotion. And, finally, build consensus with others. There is strength in numbers when it comes to combating a bully.