National Bullying Prevention Month is recognized every October. What many people don’t realize is that workplace bullying affects more than 35 percent of adult Americans.  

What is workplace bullying? 

Generally, workplace bullying is defined as the use of intimidation through power, influence, tone or language to affect a person negatively. Often, bullying is intentional, but sometimes the bully is not aware of their hurtful actions or words. Workplace bullying affects safety, productivity, trust and the workplace culture. 

What are the signs of workplace bullying? 

Some common signs of workplace bullying include: 

  • Ignoring, isolating or excluding an employee 
  • Reprimanding or humiliating an employee publicly 
  • Name-calling or insulting an employee 

Workplace bullying is a serious issue, and if you feel like you’re being bullied, you should take steps to address it. For more information, talk to your HR department.